Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2017
The Duas Quintas is made from two estates: Ervamoira and Bons Ares, located at low (200m) and high (600 m) altitudes, with soils of schist and granite, respectively. These grapes were hand picked from carefully selected vineyards. The final blend is made of all indigenous grapes: Touriga Nacional 50%, Touriga Franca 40%, and Tinta da Barca 10%. Vinification took place in granite wine pressers or stainless steel vats, depending on the plots. After trimming and pressing in a vertical press, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. 18 months in oak (95% French oak and 5% Austrian oak) 1/3 new, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 two years old.
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Wine SpectatorThis is well-packed, offering the vivid plum, boysenberry, cassis and açaí berry fruit profile of the vintage, along with a dark edge of tar, baker's chocolate and salted licorice that courses underneath. The long finish lets the fruit play out, keeping singed alder and chai spice hints in the background. Smolderingly seductive. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz. Best from 2035 through 2060.
Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This was bottled in May 2019, about a month before tasting, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. Aromatic, wonderfully fragrant and laced with eucalyptus, this then shows typical Noval focus and power. A couple of hours in a glass simply increased the power. More intense than the very fine 2016, it grips the palate and shows rather significant astringency. As wonderfully aromatic as this is, there the 2016 might have the edge.
Wine EnthusiastThis is a solid wine with dark tannins and a definitely dry character that will allow it to age well. Its power and its density are impressive, with rich black currant flavors backing up the tannins. Drink from 2030.