1997 Noval - Vintage Port 750ml

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Deep saturated ruby. Supersweet but vibrant aromas of crystallized dark berries, flowers, licorice and bitter chocolate. Very dense and medium-sweet, with superb concentration of flavor and lovely pliancy. Captivating hint of cocoa powder. Finishes with big but thoroughly ripe tannins and an explosive whiplash of flavor.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Aromatic. Perfumed and gentle on the nose. Wonderfully smooth but with huge power underneath. (According to Christian Seely, this would been even better if we had tasted it from a 75cl bottle and not from a half bottle.) Very much more like wine than port – which is exactly what they are aiming for. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2008-2050
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

The 1997 vintage port is the greatest Quinta do Noval I have ever tasted. The wine of the vintage, this black/purple-colored port boasts fabulous aromatics (espresso, blackberries, licorice, tar, and flowers), followed by massive concentration, full body, and levels of depth and richness. Gorgeously sweet, stunningly concentrated and full-bodied, this profound vintage port should be legendary. Quinta do Noval's production normally approaches 4,000 cases, but in 1997, only 1200 cases were produced, so it will be extremely limited in availability.

Drink Dates: 2005-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Black color. Loads of ripe berry, mineral and wet earth character, with a hint of green tobacco. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a supersolid core of tannins. Long, long finish. The greatest Quinta do Noval in decades.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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For The Love of Port | Rating: 95+

Very dark ruby color. Along with the Niepoort from 1997, this is at the pinnacle of the vintage. It is a bit reticent at the moment with a tightly wound nose that remained in its shell. This is a huge wine with powerful and punishing tannins today that are not easy to get past in order to decipher the delicious black plum and raisin flavors that are present, yet obscured at the moment. Although I preferred the 2000 today, this is a wine for the ages and it is at a difficult stage in its evolution for accurate evaluation, as it had minimal decanting time due to the volume of bottles in this vertical. Revisit later in the decade for a clearer picture, as it currently seems to be in a dumb stage.

Author: Roy Hersh
Issue: Issue 19

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Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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Wine Varietal: Port Blend


Port is a fortified wine produced in the Douro region of Portugal. To achieve a sweet, high alcohol final product, brandy is added to the fermenting juice, stopping fermentation while sugar is still present in the must. Although more than 80 different grape varieties are authorized in blending, only five make up the majority of Port produced, each adding a unique profile to the finished blend. "Port-style" wines are created the world over using a bevy of traditional and non-traditional varieties.

Touriga Nacional produces small, dark-skinned grapes with high tannins. These grapes give Port grip, body, and structure.

Touriga Francesca is thinner skinned, lighter in tannins than Touriga Nacional, and contributes fruit, aroma, suppleness and roundness.

Tinta Roriz (Portuguese name for Tempranillo) adds high sugar content, low acidity, color and fruit.

Tinta Barroca is known for producing wines of delicacy and finesse, with smooth velvety fruit. It brings sweetness and ripeness to the final blend.

Tinto Cao produces fine and complex wines. Unfortunately, its painfully small yields have reduced plantings to almost insignificant levels.

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