TN: 2007 Quinta do Noval Douro (Portugal, Douro)

  • 2007 Quinta do Noval Douro - Portugal, Douro (4/19/2017)
    2007 Quinta do Noval Douro DOC. Decanted 1 hour, then consumed over the next 3 hours. This was incredibly tight for the first couple of hours and showed mostly a wall of massive tannins, some youthful dark fruit in the background, plenty of minerality and acidity, and a dry but lengthy finish. Around 3 hours into it it finally started to release its grip allowing the fruit to become more prominent. This shows nowhere near it’s almost 10 years of age, far more like a 2 year old wine, and at the current pace this will be a very long lived wine if it continues on it present course. I’d recommend either leaving these in the cellar for at least another decade or giving it a far longer decant that I did. Regardless, I look forward to coming back to this many years down the road. IIRC, and I’d have to look, but I think I was somewhere around 92 points last I had this back when it was released. I will gladly admit I was wrong back then…

94+ points (94 pts.)

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