Joanna Simon on JoannaSimon.com, 18/12/15: "This is as close as an LBV port gets to true vintage port. The grapes come entirely from the Quinta do Noval estate and the resulting port is all the more sumptuous for being unfiltered. Decant it or pour it gently (it hasn’t thrown a lot of sediment yet) and serve it with blue or hard cheeses or chocolate. Delicious."
David Williams in The Observer, 13/12/15: "The best of the late bottled vintage style of port, the deep dark fruit, bitter chocolate and firm but velvety texture of Noval’s Unfiltered LBV is the equal of many a more expensive straight vintage port, its sweetness matching dark chocolate as well as the obligatory Stilton."
Quinta do Noval lies in the Douro valley in northern Portugal, where great Port has been produced since 1715. Noval places great emphasis on the importance of the vineyard, hence why the company is named after its vineyard. The aim is to produce great classic vintage Ports that are harmonious and elegant expressions of the terroir of Quinta do Noval. At Noval, the vineyard is at the heart of everything they do. Managing Director Christian Seely says: ‘The name Quinta do Noval evokes for me above all a place. A magical place, an historic place. A piece of the earth capable of producing wines that are among the world’s greatest. The wines of Quinta do Noval express the greatness of this terroir, of this majestic landscape. They evoke also the centuries of history that have been necessary in order for these wonderful wines to exist.’
Winemaker António Manuel de Sousa Pinto Agrellos, 63, hails from a family that has been producing and trading in Port wine from the Douro Valley for four generations. He was schooled at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto and also, in 1976/77, in the areas of tasting, knowledge and chemistry of wine at the Institut d'Oenologie with the University of Bordeaux. He has been the Technical Director of Quinta do Noval since 1993. Since 1994, he has been recognised in the world of wine for the excellence of his production at Quinta do Noval. He has twice won recognition from the Portuguese press as Oenologist of the year for fortified wines. Over the past 15 years, the Port and wines from Douro de Quinta do Noval have regularly been listed amongst the best in their category. Three Quinta do Noval Vintage Ports have achieved a maximum 100 point rating.
The grapes for the 2005 LBV were trodden by foot and fermented in the traditional ‘lagares’ of the Quinta, where a disciplined and intense treading is fundamental for a good final result. This is a very rare practise nowadays.
It is a dark brick ruby in colour, with a vigorous, ripe, red, fruity nose. Smooth and silky, it has a solid tannic structure and a long harmonious finish.