'Black' is a new blend produced from classic varieties that do not make it into the Quinta do Noval vintage. There are ripe blackberries, tar, smoke and orange liqueur on the nose that takes time to open. The palate is medium-bodied, very sleek on the entry, fleshy black fruits, sloe, spice and just a hint of white pepper, leading to a very focused finish. Drink now-2020. Tasted April 2010. (NM-Wine Journal)
This is made from Quinta do Noval's younger vines. The back label urges us to serve it chilled as an aperitif or with dark chocolate at any time. Dark crimson. High-toned and rather refined on the nose. Then very sweet and smooth on the palate. Builds on the finish, which turns dry in the end. Pretty damned good! Very appetising and ready to enjoy already. Clean and fresh with, yes, a hint of violets.
A juicy, fruity style, offering good cut to the dark plum and cocoa powder flavors. Features chocolate-covered raisin notes that emerge on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. (KM)
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By: Rick 3Chopsticks Wong 11/3/2013
Best value for Port from famous producer. Fantastic all around. Red fruit, chocolate, chinese plum nose and palate. Great mouth feel. Deep rich color that swirls nicely with never ending pleasing aromas. Long satisfying finish. Better the next night if you can imagine that. I like the bottle design too. Great gift for your friends as it has mass appeal. Must have for port lovers, poets and writers. Fresh, no hassle to serve, I would try it in cocktails, dessert recipes - I think it would be quite versatile. Not your grandpa's port for sure. Highly recommended.