2007 Cedro do Noval, Vinho Regional Duriense, Quinta Do Noval

2007 Cedro do Noval, Vinho Regional Duriense, Quinta Do Noval

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2007 Cedro do Noval, Vinho Regional Duriense, Quinta Do Noval

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A big fat wine with a touch of BBQ and tobacco about it.
Kate Spicer, The Sunday Times – On the Bottle, June 2012

Port house Noval was a recent convert to table wine, but the move has been a success. Unusually for the Douro, there's a little bit of syrah in here which adds peppery spice and sinew to a meaty red.
David Williams, The Observer, February 2012

An unfortified wine from Quinta Do Noval is an event indeed, and one that has been well worth the wait. Made from 30% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca , 10% Tinta Roriz and 30% ....drum- roll…..Syrah…..the wine combines the traditional ‘port’ varieties with the innovation from the Syrah. And does so rather well, the Syrah lending shape but also a silky charm to the fruit profile.

The excellent 2007 vintage has ensured ripeness, but the superb winemaking team have been careful to avoid over-ripness or over-extraction. The palate is therefore both silky and savoury, with a character, almost floral, which gives it an identity all of its own.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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New product. 30% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tino Cao, 35% Syrah. Nicely balanced and evolved. Seems almost spritzy! Certainly very balanced and lively - fills all the gaps. I really like this unusual blend, even if it is halfway across the Pyrenees into France rather than pure Douro... A bit tamer than the 2006.
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About this WINE

Quinta do Noval

Quinta do Noval

Quinta do Noval was first owned, for more than a century, by the Rebello Valente family who were given it by the Marquês do Pombal, Portugal’s Prime Minister. It was later owned by the Van Zeller family who had to rebuild following a catastrophic fire in 1981. Finally Quinta do Noval was sold to AXA insurance group in May 1993.

Quinta do Noval is one of the most evocative of names and the maker of the most famous of all Vintage Ports - Naçional.

The scourge of European vineyards in the late 19th century, the phylloxera aphid was thwarted at Noval's best vineyard by intense fumigation and, rather than grafting the vines on to American root-stocks, which was the usual practice, they managed to survive using Portuguese stock - hence "Naçional".

Noval made its reputation with the declaration of 1931. Due to world recession and vast shipment of 27’s, it was one of only three shippers declared in 1931. Noval introduced the first stenciled bottles and in 1958 the first house to introduce a Late Bottled Vintage.

The Quinta do Noval itself lies perfectly situated along a steep hillside in the heart of the Douro Valley where the vines flourish and produce the highest-grade fruit.

Noval today appears to be thriving under the ownership of insurance group AXA with Managing Director Christian Seely, ensuring that their Vintage Port remains one of the most sought-after wines. AXA is a group which already includes a string of leading Bordeaux châteaux.

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Vintage Port

Vintage Port

Vintage Port accounts for only a small percentage of the total Port production - which includes Tawny, Ruby, Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quinta Vintage styles, among others - but is the finest, longest-lived and most expensive style that is produced. The best are as good as any wine in existence.

With the exception of legendary vineyards like Quinta do Noval Nacional and Quinta do Vesuvio, Vintage Port is made from a blend of wines from a producer's finest plots. It is aged for around 18 months in wooden casks before bottling; from then on the watch-word is patience. At least 15 years ageing – and for the top wines it will be significantly longer – is required before the tannins, spirit and fruit are fully integrated. Indeed, the finest examples can last well over 50 years. 

Vintage Port is only made in exceptional years (normally around three times per decade) with considerable stylistic variation between different years and shippers. However, they all share a sweet, warming, spicy richness, power and complexity. In other good but not great vintages, many shippers produce a  Single Quinta Vintage Port from their finest vineyard. These are made in the same way and have the same style as Vintage Port but tend to mature faster and are less profound. All Vintage Port throws a sediment as it matures, and thus requires decanting.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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