Quinta do Noval 2011
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The 2011 Quinta do Noval Vintage has a very intense, very refined bouquet with quite broody black fruit, briary, smoke and mineral. This is very fresh, similar to the barrel sample last April. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with well-judged acidity. This is utterly harmonious and refined, effortless even, with a pure blackberry and lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Noval that is only surpassed by the 2000, a Noval that does not deserve to be over-shadowed by its Nacional sibling. Drink 2018-2040. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (212), May 2014|
The 2011 Quinta do Noval has wonderful precision on the nose with blackberry, cassis, intriguing flinty notes and a whiff of smoke. It might not possess the power of the Naçional but it has freshness to spare. That comes through on the beautifully composed palate, which is underpinned by fine tannins that lend it a silky smooth mouthfeel. There is real intensity here, but it is very controlled with superb minerality on the finish. Excellent. Tasted May 2013.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Blueberry and wet earth aromas. Full body, medium sweet and a long finish. Balanced and refined. 2,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2022.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2013|
Fresh red fruits give a lovely brightness on the nose and although the start of the palate has the
same freshness of flavour the mid palate is rich with ripe fruit lush and fleshy. There is a good
mix of flavours red fruits and black fruits lots of complexity and the finish has power and depth
|Score: 96||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|
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