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Is Portugal’s 2017 Vintage Port Better than 2016?

James Suckling reports on the 2017 Vintage Port, which producers are quickly comparing to the legendary 1945 Vintage. Suckling agrees with the producers, but notes that perhaps the more impressive feat is that the 2017 vintage is the first back-to-back vintage declaration for most houses. Various family owned estates have joked that producing two consecutive vintages went against the traditional production standards.  

Suckling recently had the privilege of tasting through some of the 2017 Vintage Ports, which included Quinta do Noval… “Their quality is impressive. My top rated ones show incredibly bright and vivid aromas like freshly fermenting grape musts in open fermentation vats before fortification¬† begins. They also have excellent tannin intensity.” Following the tasting, the Quinta do Noval Vintage Port Nacional 2017 received an impressive 99 points.

To read more about the 2017 Vintage and Quinta do Noval, read the full report HERE.

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