Quinta do Noval Colheita 2003
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Jeb DunnuckThe 2003 Colheita offers a medium ruby color as well as impressive notes of caramelized cherries, figs, orange blossom, and coffee. It’s rich, full-bodied, impeccably balanced, and a classic Colheita that will keep for decades. This cuvée is 40% Touriga Nacional and the balance 20% each of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Fanca, and Tinto Cão.
Wine EnthusiastIn terms of aged vintage tawnies, this beautiful wine is relatively young. That means the fruit is still there, hinting at bold red fruits as well as the dried fig and sultana flavors that have also emerged. The wine is finely balanced with its rich texture and poise coming in between dry and sweet. Drink now.
Wine SpectatorFresh, powerful and fruity, with red plum, dried cherry and marzipan flavors loaded with lithe acidity. Hazelnut cream and butterscotch notes fill the seductively smoky finish, which shows hints of green olive. Drink now. 150 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe 2003 Colheita Tawny Port is a typical Douro blend bottled in 2016 with a long cork. It comes in with 118 grams per liter of residual sugar and 20.5% alcohol. For a relatively young tawny, this shows fine concentration and grip, with a youthful and lively finish. Burly and powerful, this opened up over several days, proving that it had some elegance, too. In most ways, for a young Colheita this is a big overachiever, more solid than one might expect and with more power. (Vintage 2003 was a very big and warm Douro vintage.) The spirits do announce their presence every now and then, my only quibble. Over some days (and when drunk at the proper cooler temperatures), it was fine, balanced by the concentration and richness here. Overall, this is pretty impressive in depth and power for what amounts to a 13-year-old tawny. With that long cork, you can lay it down a bit, too. You certainly don't have to, but this might acquire a bit more "suave" over the course of a decade or so.