Quinta do Noval 2011 Vintage Porto

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Very seductive. Lovely fresh floral notes on the nose, many delicate complex aromas. Violets. Wonderful purity and fresh precision of fruit. Intense concentration, but delicate at the same time. Fine long tannins.

97 Points - Wine Spectator
"This is extremely dense, yet remarkably sleek in feel, delivering a torrent of dark plum, black cherry and cassis flavors. Long and very refined through the finish, with a terrific graphite spine. Offering a very focused beam of fruit and structure, this wine will outlive many of us.—Non-blind Quinta do Noval vertical (May 2018). Best from 2025 through 2055. 2,250 cases made, 800 cases imported." -JM, 2018

97 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2011 Vintage Port hasn't been seen in a while. It begins our mini-vertical this issue. Showing rich and gorgeous fruit, this is pure, young and elegant. There is still plenty of power here, but decanting a small portion for about three hours gave me some hope that it would be approachable a bit sooner than anticipated. Noval has mid-palate finesse all the time—so, too, here. It makes this very graceful, despite the power and the first lush impression. The pure power does not detract from the feeling of elegance at all, as this comes together well. Dried herbs, eucalyptus and a long finish make this special, the complexity on the finish sealing the deal. This is early in this wine's evolution, but it is beginning to open its eyes and peek out at the world." -MS, 7/19/18

96 Points - Vinous
"Deep, saturated ruby. Tight, high-pitched aromas of black fruits, minerals, spices, printer's ink and licorice, complicated by nutty and earthy nuances. Juicy, savory and youthfully imploded; not hugely opulent or sweet but a wine of great density and class, showing a pliant texture and no rough edges. This seemed even more intense after I swallowed it, showing a palate-drenching quality with no weightiness. Doesn't have quite the dimension or floral complexity of the Nacional but a wine of great finesse, and built for decades of life." -ST, May/2014

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"A powerful, concentrated wine, full of dark tannins, ripe fruit and rich texture. This is a wine based on a solid structure—very firm in character while still allowing the gorgeous fruits to express themselves. It's obviously destined for long-term aging." -RV, 11/1/13


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