Quinta do Noval Tawny Port 10 year old
Fine port after dinner is one of life's most enjoyable 'simple pleasures'. Made by the legendary Quinta do Noval which is today owned by AXA Millésimes, Noval's 10 Year Tawny is one of the best tawnies on the market. Made of indigenous grapes Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca with 50% of the grapes coming directly from the estate and 50% from traditional suppliers of “A” category grapes, this tawny is made from 100% grapes trodden by foot in lagares, a traditional, costly and rare approach, and the wine is aged in oak barrels of 640 liters until bottled. A favorite of restaurateurs because it remains fresh for weeks after opening, the Noval Tawny Port has beautiful complexity with vibrant young fruit that blends with the attractive and characteristic dry fruit and nut aromas. It is rich and smooth on the palate, with an elegant structure and long finish.
'The last time I saw Noval's age-indicated tawnies, I was very impressed. Nothing has changed my mind. These are among my favorites—concentrated, classic and focused. The longer they sit in barrel, the longer they can be held, but wines with bar-top corks are not meant to be held, so dive in. They certainly don't need to be aged. Remember also: no aged tawny should be drunk anywhere near room temperature. Take it out of the fridge and let it warm in the glass. Try it at different places. See what you like best. Most would suggest that 58-62 degrees Fahrenheit will be the sweet spot, depending on the wine and your taste. Finally, the others are pretty fine, too. For a young Colheita, that 2003 has a lot of pop and concentration.' WINE ADVOCATE
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Wine AdvocateThe NV 10 Year Old Tawny was bottled in 2016 with a bar-top cork and 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. Medium in body--well, it's a 10, not a 40--this has fine freshness and perfect balance. The juicy, delicious finish is irresistible and has more intensity of flavor than most 10 Year Olds. Although I tend to look first for freshness in this category, it is also nice to find some complexity and intensity of flavor, too, as here. This is nicely done. This showed way better at 58 degrees Fahrenheit than it did at 70.
Wine EnthusiastThis dry, balanced aged tawny is both fruity and showing good aging characters. Red fruits are cut with acidity and shaped by the old wood and spice flavors. It has a delicious, ripe aftertaste.
Wine SpectatorThis is layered with plush flavors of Christmas pudding, plum tart and raspberry, delivering details of caramel and dried berry, with plenty of buttery accents on the finish. Drink now. 900 cases imported.