Quinta do Noval Touriga Nacional 2017 (94 W&S)
Top 100 Wine of 2020
“This has the textural beauty of the schist-rich air on a cool summer night in the Douro. Its silken refinement takes touriga to a level of elegance rarely attained, the variety’s floral notes rising from the schist in the delicate scents of rosemary and rose. That delicacy is there when you first open the bottle, though the youthful tannins build in a crescendo of mineral power to block off the finish, relenting slowly as the wine opens with air. Noval made a major investment in touriga nacional when replanting the stone terraces in front of the quinta in the 1990s. If this is a sign of those vines coming into maturity, there will be more astonishing wines to come.”
Quinta do Noval
Intense and concentrated, with fine tannic structure, Touriga Nacional is distinguished by its delicacy, a characteristic of the Quinta do Noval style. It is the product of a strict selection from the best lots produced by the Quinta in any given year.
Douro Valley, Portugal
One of the oldest port houses, Quinta do Noval is also arguably the greatest. It is unique among top port houses in that most of the ports are made from estate-grown fruit and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard.