For centuries the Douro Valley has been renowned for their fortified wines. The last decade has seen a considerable increase in the quality of the region’s dry reds. Most of these table wines are made from the Touriga Nacional grape, an essential blending component in Vintage Port whose best qualities are utilized in these dry wines. Full-bodied and capable of aging just as long as some of the classic Bordeaux varietals, Touriga offers exceptional value for a wine that can be enjoyed in the near term or cellared for years.
Quinta do Noval needs no introduction. The 2016 vintage table wines got very good reviews from the Wine Advocate (Mark Squires). With comments like “This is the best group of table wines I’ve seen from Noval” they caught my attention.
With this in mind, I am pleased to offer the following,
10 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Quinta do Noval Douro Reserva @ £145.00 per case IB.
95 points….”The 2016 Reserva, rebranded from the former Estate Tinto with just Quinta do Noval on the label, is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca and various others, all aged for ten months in French oak of varying ages (only 35% new). It comes in at 14% alcohol. A bit richer than the 2015 (also reviewed as the Tinto, the estate red), while maintaining the same tannic structure and fresh feel, this is also nicely textured with a wave of velvet upfront. It maintains sophisticated and gorgeous mid-palate finesse too. This has the potential to be special, one of the best I’ve seen in the brand, if not the best table wine from Noval. To me, this has a bit better balance than the 2015. Carlos Agrellos said he preferred it, and he’s right—if only by a little. The competition will be fierce over the next couple of decades, and that conclusion may change on these very powerful and very young wines. It is worth leaning up on this beauty’s evaluation just now, but take note—that is for unrealized potential, and this was only in bottle for about two weeks when seen. It should age very well, by the way, but let’s start here. At some point, it will need reevaluation.“-Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate.
10 cases 6 x 75cl, 2016 Quinta do Noval Touriga Nacional @ £135.00 per case IB.
95 points…..”The 2016 Touriga Nacional was aged for ten months in French oak of varying ages (only 35% new). It comes in at just 13% alcohol. Only in bottle a couple of weeks, this still looked impressive with aeration. This and the new Grande Reserva look like the best table wines I’ve seen yet from Noval—but note that they are all about potential just now. Backing off of the oak compared to the 2015 very much helped this. Showing mid-palate finesse and old-school elegance, this is wonderfully aromatic. It’s got flavour too, some blue fruits dancing around the edges. It then finishes tight, precise and intense. With a couple of hours of air, it does evolve, but it really needed that. If you want a Douro version of Bordeaux, this and its Grande Reserva sibling are good starts. Now, it is still painfully young. It could use some time, perhaps more than indicated. It will improve notably in the cellar. This will be released in September, along with its other 2016 siblings, shortly after this article appears.“-Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate.
Wines are due in so offered 6-8 weeks delivery. Payment on Invoice. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm. E & OE.
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