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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Quinta do Noval Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 2003
Quinta do Noval Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 2003
(search item no. 119797)
collectible wine
has fluid
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Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 Vintage Port is a wine in this great tradition. After an extremely hot month of August, a short period of rain at the end of the month, followed several weeks of ideal conditions enabled the grapes to reach full maturity by the time we picked in October. Quinta do Noval Vintage 2003 is full bodied with intense color and a complex bouquet showing wild flowers and ripe red fruits. The wine shows great structure and power but is marked by the finesse and elegance typical of Quinta do Noval.
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About Quinta do Noval:

Although the property of Quinta do Noval first appeared in land registries in 1715, its history as a premium Port producer truly began when it was bought and renovated by the distinguished Port shipper, António José da Silva. His work was continued by his son-in-law, Luiz Vasconcelos Porto, who ran the company for three decades, transforming the old narrow terraces into the wide whitewashed ones seen today, which allowed for better use of space and more exposure to the sun. There were several other innovations which were considered revolutionary in their time, but which have subsequently become traditions:

 Noval was the first to introduce stencilled bottles in the 1920s.

 Noval pioneered the concept of Old Tawnies with an indication of age.

 In 1958, Noval was the first to introduce a late-bottled vintage (LBV).