Quinta do Noval 10 Year Old Tawny Port is a blend of old Ports from different vintages that have matured in oak casks, with an average age of 10 years. It’s a perfect expression of the Noval Tawny style. It has acquired the classical attributes of an old Tawny Port, while at the same time retaining much of the freshness and fruit of its youth.
Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca predominate among the traditional grape varieties. 50% of the grapes come from the estate (a large part of these now coming from the replantings at Noval in the mid nineties) and 50% from traditional suppliers of “A” category grapes.
100% of the estate grapes are trodden by foot in lagares, a traditional, costly and rare approach, and the wine is aged in oak barrels of 640 liters until bottled.
Wine Spectator – “A fresh, vibrant style, showing cherry and red currant pâte de fruit notes, with blood orange and rooibos tea flavors. Light cinnamon and mineral nuances add to the streamlined finish.” (92 Pts)
Jeb Dunnuck – “The NV Quinta do Noval 10 Year Old Tawny Port sports a medium ruby color as well as rich, medium to full-bodied notes of figs, white raisins, burnt caramel and a kiss of smoke. It’s ripe, nicely balanced, and stays light and drinkable, with tons of character. This cuvée is made from Tinta Toriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca brought up all in oak.” (91 Pts)
Wine Advocate – “The NV Quinta do Noval 10 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2016 with a bar-top cork and 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. Medium in body–well, it’s a 10, not a 40–this has fine freshness and perfect balance. The juicy, delicious finish is irresistible and has more intensity of flavor than most 10 Year Olds. Although I tend to look first for freshness in this category, it is also nice to find some complexity and intensity of flavor, too, as here. This is nicely done. This showed way better at 58 degrees Fahrenheit than it did at 70. The last time I saw Noval’s age-indicated tawnies, I was very impressed. Nothing has changed my mind. These are among my favorites–concentrated, classic and focused.” (91 Pts)
Decanter – “Warm aromas of coffee, red fruit and cocoa, followed by soft yet rich and spicy flavours of nutty red fruit, flowing onto a gently spirity finish.” (90 Pts)