Quinta do Noval

Tawny 20 Year Old Port NV

Douro Valley, Portugal

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Noval 20 year old Tawny is a blend of old Ports from different vintages that have matured in oak casks, with an average age of 20 years. Irresistible freshness with all the complexity of age. Harmonious and balanced, fine, elegant and long, with all the aromatic complexity typical of Noval Tawny Ports.

A few important points to make up front that set Noval apart: the wine is 100% estate, and 100% trodden by foot. There are other critical points to making the Noval 20 Year Old so exceptional, but the fact the fruit is of the highest possible quality and handled so gently is at the very core.

 

VINEYARD

The 20 Year Old Tawny comes 100% from estate-grown grapes, again a vineyard-based approach that is rare in the region. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca are the major grape varieties in the blend because these higher quality varieties are what is planted throughout the vineyard due to the major re-planting project of the early 1990s. At this age, the fruit at the estate is entering the prime of quality.

WINEMAKING

The grapes are all trodden by foot in the lagares at Quinta do Noval, a traditional, costly and rare approach. The wines used for the blends have an average age of 20 years and were aged in old oak barrels of 640 liters.

TASTING NOTE

The wine displays classic Tawny color, with golden highlights, and an ethereal bouquet, typical of Noval Tawny ports. Elegant, velvety and concentrated on the palate, it has an attractive, complex, and lingering finish.
After the 10 Year Old, it shows increasing characteristics of nuts, dried fruits and spices, as well as increasing complexity.

Color

Red

Appellation

Douro Valley, Portugal

Alcohol

21%

Suggested Retail Price

$100

Reviews

Decanter - "Set up in 1715, Noval is the only historic Port wine shipper to bear the name of its quinta. Its declaration of 1931 as a vintage year – arguably the greatest vintage of the 20th century – helped establish Quinta do Noval as a famous Port house. Grapes for this tawny are foot-trodden, creating a suitable must for fermentation which is later pressed in large stone vats, called lagares. RM Savoury on the nose and palate. A little toasted and baked but rather lovely, with a dry finish. RS Warm aromas of baked fruit, toast and honey, along with some caramel and hazelnut. Nicely proportioned and uniform yet complex, with a long, lip-smacking finish. DW Caramel dominates the front palate here, while a marked sweetness punctuated by leather and iodine characters create excellent mid-palate weight and expression, with a note of baked orange completing the finale. A sweeter style, but convincing with it."

"an exotic tawny"

Wine Spectator - "This is a shade darker and richer than its peers, with warm toffee, hazelnut cream, roasted vanilla, cinnamon and walnut husk leading the way, backed by halva, pistachio oil and dried fig details. Lush through the finish, with the walnut hint lingering long enough for all the elements to fall in line. An exotic tawny. Drink now. 140 cases imported.” - Wine Spectator

Trade Materials

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Cedro do Noval

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Named after the emblematic cedar tree that dominates Quinta do Noval's terrace, Cedro do Noval is an authentic expression of the Douro. It is made at Quinta do Noval using carefully selected grapes 100 % grown on the highest steeply terraced vineyards of Quinta do Noval, in the heart of the Douro Valley, in Northern Portugal.