Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval 2015
A top seller : great quality and great value. While Quinta do Noval has historically been renowned for its world-class Port wine, it also produces compelling dry red wines. Cedro do Noval is a fruit-forward dry red wine named after the famous 100 year old cedar tree that sits in front of Quinta do Noval, overlooking the Douro and Pinhao rivers. Cedro has rich, plummy dark fruits while remaining balanced and fresh.
Dating back to 1715, Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest and best wine estates in Portugal. Although known for centuries for top quality fortified port wines (a stellar reputation which continues today), Noval excitedly released its very first dry red wine in 2004 under the direction of Christian Seely. Since the day he arrived in the Douro, Quinta do Noval director Seely knew that the Douro valley was one of the great vineyard terroirs of the world, and had incredible potential for producing unfortified, dry wines. “We are just at the beginning,” says Seely. “I told my staff when I first started here that we have to aspire to Châteaus Latour, Mouton, Margaux.” Under the ownership of the AXA company, Seely's goals have been met and the wines are thriving...
After a period of ten years spent studying how the Noval vineyards might best produce a dry red wine, Noval released its first vintage, 2004, to rave reviews. “The inaugural, 2004 vintage release hit on all cylinders,” says Kim Marcus of Wine Spectator. “Christian Seely has successfully overseen the renovation of the famed Quinta do Noval Port estate…and is now managing the latest chapter in Noval’s fascinating history: table wines.” The dry red wines made at the estate are from specially selected parcels of new and mature vines around the estate, and blended from four classic port varities: Touriga Nacional, Tintao Cão, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. True to its long history of continuous innovation, Noval has also been among the first to experiment with Rhone varieties in the Douro, with Syrah from estate plantings being blended into the Cedro do Noval. It has become a top seller from the AXA portfolio because of its tremendous quality/value ratio. It is a fruit-forward dry red wine named after the famous 100 year old cedar tree that sits in front of Quinta do Noval, overlooking the Douro and Pinhao rivers. The wine has tremendous rich, dark fruits while remaining fresh and enjoyable. Made of a native blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca and aged exclusively in French oak, Cedro do Noval can be paired with red meats, pasta, roasted or grilled poultry, cheeses and more.
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Cedro do Noval, a Duriense appellation because of the 30% Syrah, also has 30% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinto Cão. It was aged for 18 months in French oak of varying ages (only 25% new). Another gorgeous Cedro, often one of the nice value points in Noval's lineup, this is silky and flavorful, with mid-palate finesse and a very fresh conclusion. It is a lovely 2015, a little understated, but it is filled with fruit flavor, while always retaining its freshness. This is is a wine to drink in the mid-term. It can improve, but it won't make old bones. This will be released at the end of this year.
Wine SpectatorThis red is well-crafted, with red berry, plum and bay leaf notes added to an undertone of savory spice. Hints of mocha, mineral and espresso lend interest to the chewy finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,440 cases made.