Late Bottled Vintage Porto, 2014, Quinta do Noval

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: Quinta do Noval

Region: Porto, Douro, Portugal

Appellation: DOC Porto

Type: Fortified Red wine

Vintage: 2014

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: Traditional Porto Blend (Touriga Nacional…)

Blend: N/A

Winemaking details: Unfiltered, Single Vineyard, crushed in “Lagares”

Aging: 5 years under oak

Sugar level: 90 g / Liter

Sulphites: contains sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Ruby
  • Intensity = Deep

NOSE

  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Aromas = Black Cherry, Red Cherry, Plum, Vanilla, Ripe Fruits, cloves

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Sweet
  • Acidity = Medium+
  • Tannins = Medium+ (little coarse tannins)
  • Alcohol = High (19.5°)
  • Body = Full
  • Flavour Intensity = Pronounced (more pronounced in the mouth)
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Flavour details = Black Cherry, Red Cherry, Plum, Vanilla, Ripe Fruits, cloves
  • Other = Quinta do Noval is a renowned good producer of Port. This wine is in line with their reputation, it has no fault and is balanced with an aromatic finish.
  • Finish = Medium+

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Very Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 12°C for up to 15-20 years
    • Need further aging to develop its full potential
  • Retail Price = 28 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = at the right price
  • Comparison with same price competition = well placed in terms of quality
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Not suitable
  • Service Temperature = around 15-16°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = chocolate, chocolate mousse, caramel, and other desserts
  • Comments = Need further aging to develop its full potential and smooth its tannins
  • Final Grade = B+

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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