Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015: A powerful Port wine
Le Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015 is a wine produced in the Porto appellation. Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015 is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao and Sousao. The wine is matured for 18 months, in barrels in Quinta's air-conditioned cellar.
2015 is characterised by a cold and dry winter, followed by a hot spring. Spring was a mixture of extremely high temperatures and heavy showers. The rain was ideal for the grapes' development. They reacted very well to the hot, dry summer. Harvest began on September 2nd, with 30% of the production being collected before the rain from September 13th-16th. Harvest resumed on September 24th with perfectly mature grapes.
Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015 has notes of wild black pepper. In the mouth, it is fresh and well-balanced. The tannic structure is outstanding. This vintage is powerful, with an incredibly long finish. Undoubtedly, a future legend for Quinta do Noval.
Parker : 93 / 100
J. Robinson : 18,5 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Vintage Port is part of our mini-vertical this issue. As compared to its immediate siblings in this mini-vertical, this is a big step up on the 2014. Really--it isn't far off the 2016, either. Pretty much every component is better here than on the 2014, and by a wide margin. The fruit is better here, and the concentration is better; so, too, is the structure. The texture is caressing while the acidity strafes the fruit and mingles nicely with the ripe (relatively ripe, that is) tannins. It is pure, rich, sexy and still balanced, with an invigorating finish. It's delicious too, its lively fruit and good structure promising a long life ahead. This has blossomed since I first saw it for sure. You can think about drinking this in a decade, more or less, but keep it longer for best results, or give it a few hours in a decanter.