Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Nacional 2004
Dating back to 1715, Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest estates in Portugal, and is among the greatest producers of Port Wine. Porto, or Port wine, is the lusty, dark, sweet red wine from Portugal which is fortified with brandy during fermentation. The wine is ripely sweet yet sometimes dry at the same time and is served after dinner. The English call it Port (named for the city of Oporto on northern Portugal's Atlantic coast), and have been greatly involved in Port production since the late 1600s. Quinta do Noval is unique among top port houses in that most of the ports are made from 100% estate-grown fruit (versus purchased fruit) and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines (such as this) are made from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard. A Quinta is a Vineyard. This great history and tradition attracted AXA Millésimes to the property who added it to their winery acquisition portfolio; a stellar group which includes illustrious estates such as Chateau Pichon Baron in Bordeaux and Mas Belles Eaux in the Languedoc.
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Wine AdvocateThe 2004 Quinta do Noval Nacional has a show-stopping bouquet that is cut from a completely different cloth than the 2004 Vintage. This is far more extravagant and decadent, with kirsch, camphor, incense and crushed violets exploding from the glass. You might think it was some super Barossa Syrah if you nosed it blind. The palate is intense with penetrating, citrus-fresh black currant and dark-plum fruit. It is has lovely caressing, slightly grainy textured, well-judged acidity and a composed, elegant finish. This is pure class, a hedonistic Nacional surfeit with swagger and style. Drink 2020-2050.