2003, Quinta Noval, Vintage

Porto, Portugal

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 95

Drinking Dates: 2016-2030

Critic: Neal Martin

Tasted: 30-Apr-2014

The Quinta do Noval Vintage 2003 has a gorgeous raisin, fig and clove-scented bouquet with more freshness than the whole of Pomerol combined. As Christian Seely quipped, the vines are accustomed to the heat . It unfolds in the glass, gaining vigor, if not complexity, with touches of leather, California raisin and dried flower emerging. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins, dishing out lovely ripe and intense blackberry, leather, sage, tobacco and white- pepper notes. In this vintage, the Noval Vintage does not possess the breeding or the bravura of the Nacional and yet it remains a very impressive Port a success for the vintage. Drink 2016-2030+ Tasted January 2014.