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Quinta do Noval Declares 2019 Port Vintage

April 23, 2021

Decanter reported that Quinta do Noval has declared three ports from the 2019 vintage, including its famed “Nacional.”

As for the extremely small production Nacional, produced from a small parcel of ungrafted vines at the heart of Noval’s vineyard, Managing Director Christian Seely said, “It was not a difficult decision to declare the Quinta do Noval 2019 Nacional, which from our very first tastings after the harvest revealed a grandeur and depth worthy of the Nacional name.”

In addition to its namesake Vintage Port, Noval will also introduce Passadouro 2019. This will be the first vintage produced by the estate since its acquisition. Seely added, “I am thrilled by the quality of our first vintage from Passadouro, which shows great personality and clear terroir distinction, which I feel fully justifies our decision to acquire this vineyard.” Read the full story HERE

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