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Quinta do Noval Nacional

Quinta do Noval Nacional is the prestige port of Quinta do Noval.

Quinta do Noval also has a small vineyard around the house - spared from the ravages of phylloxera in the last century - growing the precious ungrafted vines that produce the legendary Nacional Port which is ruthlessly sought out by, and highly revered by the true Port cognoscenti, commands stratospheric prices. (As the Rolls Royce salesman said to the buyer: 'If you need to ask the price you cannot afford it sir!'). Nacional has been produced at least since 1931. The grapes comprise Tinta Francisca, Touriga Nacional and Souzao.

Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintages:1931, 1934, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2016

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1931
ColourDark but with mature yellow colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex and enormous nose of crème caramel, toffee, coffee, cacao and much more.Score range20.00 - 20.00
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but will keep for long. Complex and balanced port with a never ending marvellous finish. Unbelievable.Average score
Last tasted19th October 2000Point this date20.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Anders G. Åkesson’s collection.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1950
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetChocolate, coffee and burned sugar in the nose.Score range
TasteFull-bodied and mature. Very elegant and complex with a plumy sweet flavour. At its peak or even a bit over but what a port with a wonderful and complex finish.Average score
Last tasted23rd May 1995Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1955
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetWonderful nose of toffee, crème caramel, coffee and cacaoScore range15.50 - 18.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Complex and lovely port with a wonderful and never ending finish. I do love it.Average score17.47
Last tasted10th July 1998Point this date18.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Douro, Portugal.
This bottle belongs to Anders G. Åkesson’s collection.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1958
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetElegant but a bit alcoholic and pharmacy in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and a bit old in flavour but complex and certain elegant. Long and quite nice finish.Average score16.00
Last tasted12th March 1998Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1960
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetComplex pharmacy and old hospital in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Sweet and mature. Peaking with a lovely and quite complex finish. Quite good.Average score16.33
Last tasted12th March 1998Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1962
ColourStill very dark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings6
BouquetComplex nose of crème caramel, viol, toffee, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range17.90 - 19.50
TasteFull-bodied. Perfect mature and on top. Sweet, generous, balanced and complex. Cacao, toffee and coffee in flavour. What a lovely finish. Unbelievable!Average score18.74
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date19.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1963
ColourBeautiful, still quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetDark berry, tobacco, violet coffee, cacao and much more in the nose.Score range17.50 - 20.00
TasteFull-bodied. Still fruit and tannins but wonderfully balanced. Rather mature but will develop more. Balanced and complex. Marvellous finish. Can port be better?Average score19.09
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date20.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1964
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetLovely crème caramel, toffee, cinnamon and ginger in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.75
TasteQuite full- bodied. Mature and peaking but still with soft tannin and will probably be better. Sweet. Very complex and balanced port with a wonderful finish. Much better than I believed.Average score17.42
Last tasted16th August 2013Point this date17.40
CommentAt home with the family and a wine friend.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1966
ColourDark blue with yellow mature colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetGinger bread and cinnamon in the nose. Quite complex.Score range16.90 - 18.25
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but long way left. Complex and balanced. Lovely long finish. Very elegant indeed.Average score17.55
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1967
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely nose of toffee, crème caramel, coffee and cacao.Score range
TasteFull-bodied. Elegant and balanced and still some way to go. Very complex and lovely port with an unbelievable finish.Average score
Last tasted12th March 1998Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1968
ColourBeautiful mature, yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, cream candy, figs, bitter almond, anise and cardamom in the noseScore range17.50 - 17.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not be better. Balanced, complex and quite attractive and sweet. Dark chocolate, bitter almond, some cacao, anise and cardamom in taste. Very tasty indeed with a long and quite attractive finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy and quite remarkable for the vintage yearAverage score
Last tasted25th December 2018Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1970
ColourBeautiful mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetPharmacy, crème caramel, coffee, cacao, violet and much more. Very complex nose.Score range17.25 - 19.00
TasteFull-bodied port. Nearly peaking, balanced and very complex with a marvellous and never ending finish. Wonderful indeed.Average score17.85
Last tasted15th December 2011Point this date18.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1975
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCoffee, tea, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Quite mature and elegant. At its peak. Complex and balanced. A long lovely finish. Quite astonishing.Average score16.75
Last tasted16th March 2006Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1978
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCinnamon, ginger, cacao and dark chocolate in the nose.Score range15.50 - 17.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and probably at its peak but with some soft tannins. Sweet. Cacao and dark chocolate in flavour. Quite nice and a long and wonderful finish.Average score16.17
Last tasted15th November 2012Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2012 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1979
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWonderful nose of coffee, tea and cacao.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteSurprisingly full-bodied. Still some fruit and tannins. Complex and balanced finish. Very good indeed.Average score
Last tasted23rd May 1995Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 Jubilee Tasting number 100th in Copenhagen, Denmark where 6 different Nacional were enjoyed.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1980
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetHerbs, fudge, cinnamon and spring flower in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.75
TasteQuite full- bodied. Mature and peaking. Balanced and elegant with herbs and cinnamon in taste. Very complex port and a wonderful, attractive and long finish.Average score16.50
Last tasted3rd April 2014Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1982
ColourBeautiful mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetCrème caramel, toffee, cacao, toffee and vanilla in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.40
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Quite mature but still with some soft tannin. Will keep for long. Fudge and vanilla in taste. Complex and balanced port with a lovely, long and attractive finish.Average score16.76
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1983
ColourLovely, yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCrème caramel, cardamom, candy, cream candy, ginger, toffee and some spiciness in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be much better but will keep quite a while. Balanced and rather attractive and elegant. Quite tasty with crème caramel, ginger, cardamom, candy and spiciness in the mouth and with a quite long and sweet finish.Average score15.95
Last tasted25th December 2018Point this date16.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1984
ColourStill quite dark but mature yellow colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, fudge, some oak, dark berry, black cherry, cream candy and some coffee and tea in the nose.Score range15.75 - 15.90
TasteQuite full- bodied. Mature and probably peaking even if some soft tannin can be revealed. Elegant and balanced with a nice, long, attractive finish but not up to Nacional normal standard.Average score15.83
Last tasted19th February 2015Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Semi- Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1985
ColourDark with a yellow rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex crème caramel, coffee, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range
TasteFull-bodied, immature and full of tannins. Lovely and long quite unbelievable finish.Average score
Last tasted17th January 2002Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1986
ColourDark blue with a yellow rim.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel, coffee, cacao. Generous nose indeed.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Still a bit immature and some soft tannins but very balanced and elegant. Complex port with a wonderful finish. Astonishing port.Average score
Last tasted24th January 2008Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1996
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlack pepper, coffee and cacao in the nose.Score range
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and loaded with fruit. Full of tannins and hard to swallow. Wonderful, complex and long finish. Will be marvellous we believe.Average score
Last tasted17th January 2002Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage2001
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy, dark berry and much more in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Lots of tannins and immature. Hard to swallow. Loaded with berry and fruit. Enormous finish. Will be great!
Last tasted15th September 2004Rating this dateVery impressive indeed.
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 trip in Douro, Portugal.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage2016
ColourCompletely dark in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark berry such as mulberry, blackberry, blue berry, dark charry and lots of fruit in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Loaded with tannin but of course balanced and very complex. Lovely taste of dark berry, mulberry, blackberry, blue berry, dark cherry and many fruits. The finish is very long, attractive and loaded with tannin. What an exciting port!
Last tasted30th November 2018Rating this dateVery impressive indeed.
CommentAt the Quinta do Noval’s Masterclass Tasting in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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