10 May 2018 News

Quinta do Noval is previewing their 2016 Vintage Ports this week at a series of tastings in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, in collaboration with the Symington Family Estates and the Taylor Fladgate partnership. Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth published a post with some comments about the general declaration, citing the 2016s from Noval as highlights of the vintage. Below are a couple of excerpts. Click here to read the full article!

“The 2016s are definitely going to make a splash. The growing season got off to a late start, following a very rainy spring that would pay dividends later in the season. As Portugal’s Douro Valley entered into its typically hot and dry period in June and July, the vines had enough water reserves to help them along, with only a few areas suffering from hydric stress. Then, on Sept. 13, a light rain fell, giving the vineyards a freshening, and with the vintage running a week behind, growers could take advantage of ideal weather conditions into October, picking the later-ripening varieties such as Touriga Franca at optimum quality. Yields are markedly lower—lower than 2011 and 2007, so expect demand to be high, with prices slated to be about 10 to 20 percent higher than the 2011s.”

“Among the highlights are the 2016s from Noval, both the regular bottling and the Nacional, with the former capturing the sleek and focused feel of the vintage to a T, while the latter is simply a beast-mode Port, with nearly unbridled energy to its core of black currant and plum paste flavors and bristling brambly spine.”