The name ‘Noval’ is always on the mind of avid Port collectors. Their Prestige wine, Noval Nacional, is only made in the finest vintages and fetches the highest prices of any Port. Quinta do Noval is currently owned by AXA insurance group which groups it together is other top-draw wineries around the world (including Pichon Baron in Bordeaux).
The 2004 Quinta do Noval Nacional has a show-stopping bouquet that is cut from a completely different cloth than the 2004 Vintage. This is far more extravagant and decadent, with kirsch, camphor, incense and crushed violets exploding from the glass. You might think it was some super Barossa Syrah if you nosed it blind. The palate is intense with penetrating, citrus-fresh black currant and dark-plum fruit. It is has lovely caressing, slightly grainy textured, well-judged acidity and a composed, elegant finish. This is pure class, a hedonistic Nacional surfeit with swagger and style. Drink 2020-2050.
97/100 - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (Tasted January 2014)