Dear Wine Lover,
Since 2011 not so many Port houses have declared a vintage year. However every producer is proud to praise the quality of the 2016 vintage and hail it as one of the all-time greats. One of those vintages that needs to be purchased.
Last night Robert Parkers Wine Advocate released the ratings of the newly released vintage port vintage 2016. A declared vintage: It only happens a few times each decade, almost never two years in a row, and you can almost feel the electric buzz of excitement in the opening words of his latest Port article, in which Mark Squires explains, "It was no secret when I was in Porto last year that 2016 would be a widely declared year." After the fisticuffs surrounding the undeclared 2015s, he opines that "this had a certain inevitability to it." Of course, as is usually the case with Port, it isn't all that simple
And in this special interim issue, you will find an in-depth analysis of this significant decision accompanied by reviews of more than 100 Ports (most of them from the 2016 vintage)!
One of the highest rated vintage port is Quinta do Noval, one of the most famous producer in the area one of our top favorites. The interesting fact is that for the first time Quinta do Noval Vintage Port and their special cuvee called Nacional has exactly the same rating even if it costs 10 times more (1400 chf per bottle). This is a great great opportunity to secure one of the greatest vintage port ever at a very good price.
Praised by Jancis Robinson as a fine showcase for the continued sophistication of port (and Douro) winemaking, Quinta do Noval lives up to its reputation for elegance and purity. As mentioned earlier also James Suckling and the Wine Advocate were blown away by its quality, stating respectively: This is a superb baby Noval that reminds me of the 1966 and Wine Advocate: It had a 100-point nose that made me go "wow!" No wine I tasted had a better nose than this.
Positioned at the heart of the Cima Corgo near the small town of Pinhao, Quinta do Noval has some of the best terroir in the Douro and is home to the worlds most collectable and highly praised single vineyard Port Nacional. The 2016 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage stands out this years as one of the most complete and accomplished ports of the 2016 vintage.
75.0 cl Porto Vintage - Quinta Do Noval - 2016 CHF 70.00
(CHF 75.40 Vat Incl.)
36 bottles or more at CHF 66.00 (CHF 71.10 Vat Incl.)
James Suckling 98 Points: This is a superb baby Noval that reminds me of the 1966. Chewy yet so polished. The light sweetness suggests an overall dialing back of the sugar content. Stemmy and lightly green. A truly classic Noval. Almost all from Pinhao. Buy. Better in 2025.
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate 97 Points: The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood. It comes in with 82 grams of residual sugar. This was in bottle for only about seven weeks when seen, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. It looks super, with plenty of room to grow in the cellar. Christian Seely likes to say that this regular Noval and the Nacional are not better than one another, just different. In fact, I usually prefer Nacional, but in this vintage I make a case for equality and endorse that view. This was stunning from the first smell, promising concentration, intensity of fruit and great things to come. It had a 100-point nose that made me go "wow!" No wine I tasted had a better nose than this. Violets and blue fruits lead off, with a trace of eucalyptus. I tend to think Noval is a producer that always shows mid-palate finesse, but this seems pretty deep too. It is also intense. The tannins won't sear your mouth because the balance is impeccable. To be sure, it might close down, but it is surprisingly approachable now, notwithstanding that intensity. Rest assured that this lively young Porto still has all the materials to make old bones. Needless to say, "approachable" does not mean "ready." You need to toss this in the cellar for a decade, at least. Purists will say to double that or more. When the palate becomes as expressive as the noseif it doesthis will be entitled to an uptick. No pricing was set yet.