2016 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $89.94 (was: $99.94)
The 2016 Port vintage is likely to go down as one of the best in a generation. For the legendary Quinta do Noval, one of the smallest of the top producers, they have arguably made their greatest Port in decades with the Noval vintage Port and ‘Nacional’ earning 98 and 100 points respectively.
Their ultra limited ‘Nacional,’ however, trades for $800+, while we have the 2016 Noval for the best price in the U.S. - only $89.94. The Wine Advocate’s Mark Squires writes that “no wine I tasted had a better nose..the balance is impeccable,” and despite its gorgeous approachability on release, it has “all the materials to make old bones” as any great Port should.
Quinta do Noval came to fame with their iconic ‘27 and ‘31 vintage Ports, which Robert Parker declared as influential as the ‘47 Cheval Blanc and ‘45 Mouton-Rothschild for being "divine, monumental wines of extraordinary depth of flavor." Starting in 1993, new manager Christian Seely began an aggressive revitalization program, replanting many of the vineyards. Today, those efforts have clearly paid off as Quinta do Noval is making some of the greatest wines since their heyday.
Whether 2016 was an anniversary, birth year, important milestone, or you just love great Port, this Quinta do Noval is an absolutely sure bet to lay down and enjoy over the next 50+ years.