Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 1963
Quinta da Noval produces Port wine since 1715. Since 1994, they have decided to only declare Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional in truly excepcional years. They only produce tiny quantities, around 200 to 250 cases for each year of declaration, the equivalent of 10% of the production in Vintage declaration years.
We vinify the Nacional in the same way as all the other grapes from Quinta do Noval: foot treading in stone lagares - it would be difficult to imagine less technological winemaking - and yet every year the Nacional has a personality all of its own, because of the grapes it is made of and because of the place it comes from. The Vintage Nacional is what it is because of the grapes and where they come from, not because of anything particular that we may do in the winery.
Deep ruby and somehow wild and foxy rich. SO rich yet wild. Round texture and it just went on and on on the palate. Brilliant precision and cleanliness backed up by beautiful clarity and sweetness. What a treat. A big palate presence with potent tannins, still so youthful. A huge dose of focused fruit flavoured acidity and then a long. long finish. This is a magical wine.
Store and serve advices
Should be opened 2/4 hours before serving and decanted. Serve between 17º and 18º C. Store the bottle on its side, in a cool, dry and dark place. Drink between 1996 to 2096.
Simply perfect for drinking on its own, at a special moment in time.
Reviews and Awards
- 99 points in Robert Parker
- 98 points in Cellar Tracker
- 98 points in Stephen Tanzer
- 97 points in Jamie Goode
- 19.5 points in Jancis Robinson
The Port Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional 1963 has just been considered one of the10 best wines in the world.
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