2018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

WS 97 DC 96 JD 96 WE 96 WA 95 VN 95 JS 94
WS 97

Wine Spectator, December 2020

Juicy and muscular, with a ball of plum paste, warmed fig compote and black currant reduction flavors that need time to unwind. Ample graphite- and bramble-accented grip underscores the fruit on the finish, while a...
DC 96

Decanter, June 2020

A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão and Sousão, picked over a long period from 5th September to 13th October. Lovely deep, dark colour; dense, ripe, bold fruit (a touch hot country) on the nose...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, February 2023

The 2018 Vintage Port is fabulous stuff and has a quintessential bouquet of spiced berries, cassis, fresh plum, Asian spices, and dried flowers. More about elegance, finesse, and complexity than sheer power (especially...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

While this vintage was not generally declared as such by the major Port houses, it has produced some very fine wines. This wine, still very young, is dry in style, full of black cherry and spice flavors along with intense...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020

(95+ points) The 2018 Vintage Port is a field blend aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 100 grams of residual sugar. This was bottled May 13, 2020. Simply gorgeous, this is aromatic, chock-full of flavor...
VN 95

Vinous, November 2022

The 2018 Vintage Port from Noval, picked from 5 September, has a really lovely bouquet with black plum and cassis fruit, still with that faint tincture of fireside hearth, concentrated and supremely well focused. This is...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, January 2023

This has an attractive nose with fresh dark berries, grilled herbs, chocolate and wet stones. Hints of kirsch, too. Full-bodied with moderate sweetness and an array of fine, marble-polished tannins. Lively, almost crunchy...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Port
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 19.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is a proprietary blend produced in the Douro region of Portugal. This vintage is characterized by its deep, dark color and harmonious blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cão, Sousão, and Tinta Roriz. With an alcohol content of 19.5%, the wine is bottled with a cork closure.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded this vintage 95 points, noting it as "aromatic, chock-full of flavor and wholly delicious" (MS, 9/10/2020). The reviewer emphasizes the wine's serious backbone, mid-palate depth, and accessibility, suggesting it is among the top 2018s they have encountered. The wine is expected to age well, though a conservative approach to its drinking window is recommended.

Vinous’ Neal Martin also rated the wine 95 points, highlighting its bouquet of black plum and cassis fruit, with a hint of fireside hearth. The palate is described as having a satin-like texture with hints of black pepper, graphite, clove, and allspice (11/1/2022). The finish is noted for its harmony and poise, making it an excellent choice.

Wine Spectator gave the highest rating at 97 points, describing the wine as "juicy and muscular" with flavors of plum paste, warmed fig compote, and black currant reduction (12/15/2020). The wine's ample grip and ganache note on the finish are expected to ensure its longevity, best enjoyed from 2030 through 2055.

Decanter and Wine Enthusiast both rated the wine 96 points. Decanter praised its "dense, ripe, bold fruit" and "wonderful freshness, vitality and verve," emphasizing its long, powerful finish (6/1/2020). Wine Enthusiast noted the wine’s black cherry and spice flavors, along with intense acidity, suggesting it is suitable for long-term aging and best enjoyed after 2028 (12/1/2020).

James Suckling awarded the wine 94 points, highlighting its attractive nose with fresh dark berries, grilled herbs, chocolate, and wet stones (1/18/2023). The wine’s moderate sweetness and fine, marble-polished tannins contribute to its finesse and delicacy, making it more appealing after 2026.

Lastly, Jeb Dunnuck also rated the wine 96 points, describing it as "fabulous stuff" with a bouquet of spiced berries, cassis, fresh plum, Asian spices, and dried flowers (2/6/2023). The wine is noted for its elegance, finesse, and complexity, with a perfect balance between its fruit, sugar, and alcohol, and is expected to have a longevity of 40 years or more.

Overall, the 2018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is a highly praised wine that combines bold flavors, complexity, and aging potential, making it a standout vintage from the Douro region.