Opaque black at the centre with a narrow purple rim. Uncompromisingly Taylor’s in style, elegant and precise. The nose is threaded with very fine, linear fruit, heady and complex but restrained by a graphite minerality. Quinta da Vargellas has imprinted its signature fragrance of violets, which hangs like a scented veil over the wine, and there are discreet terroir notes of citrus, wild herbs and gumcistus. The nose is still reserved but there is impressive depth and background, as well as hints of complexities still to emerge with time. The palate is held in place by lithe, muscular tannins, firm and grippy on the finish, and ends with a powerful surge of crisp, pure berry fruit. A beautifully delineated wine, with the hallmark Taylor’s poise and definition and the tantalising promise of pleasures still to come.
Store and Serve Advices:
Store the bottle horizontally in a dark place with constant temperature, ideally between 12ºC and 15ºC.
Vintage Ports are after meal drinks. Take them with cheese like Stilton or Gorgonzola. But you can also incorporate them into a meal, combining for instance a Steak au Poivre with a young Vintage.
Reviews and Awards:
. 100 points in Robert Parker;
. 19,5 points in Vinho Grandes Escolhas;
. 18,5 points in Revista de Vinhos.
98 pts Wine Spectator - Quinta do Noval Vintage 2017 Port wine is characterized by its purity of fruit and a fine and delicate quality that is typical of the...
97 pts Robert Parker - It will be the first time since the 19th century that Graham's has declared two exceptional Vintage years in two consecutive years....
97 pts Wine Spectator - Aromas of Mediterranean wood, resin, rosemary and notes of eucalyptus. Luxurious on the palate with delicious flavors of wild...
96 pts Robert Parker - We have a great Vintage on our hands, showing beautiful concentration, vigour and complexity, but with plenty of finesse and...