2003 Quinta do Noval LBV Port

SKU #1125898 90 points Wine & Spirits

 A fine fruit selection for an LBV, this wine has fresh scents of violets and blueberries. It's virtually the quality of a Vintage Port, with just a touch of harshness to the tannin. Stony, beefy and powerful, this has the sort of intensity that warrants further aging. Check on it eight to ten years from the vintage.  (12/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* A solid, chunky wine, its tannins giving a tight edge of dryness. Acidity and really juicy fruit make the wine accessible, with great dried raisins coming through strongly and deliciously.  (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão. RS 82.4 g/l, pH 3.63. Limited quantity, unfiltered, a baby vintage but with four years in old 640-litre barrels. More lagares-trodden fruit gives more structure. Bottled 2007. Much more smoky on the nose and then a lovely cool lightness so the alcohol is hardly visible. Chocolaty finish. Masses of sweet deep rich fruit but not overly sweet. A mouthful of spice but there’s also a complementary darker side of chocolate and liquorice. Lots of power but not too much heat. VGV. 17+/20 points.  (10/2008)

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