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Quinta Do Noval Cedro Do Noval 2009

Quinta Do Noval Cedro Do Noval 750ml 2009     
Sku: 1848381

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Rating
 Wine Advocate 92 points (Dec 2012)
The 2009 CEDRO DO NOVAL is 50% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 10% Syrah (just a dollop this year) and 10% Tinta Roriz. It is “Duriense” instead of Douro because of the Syrah. In Noval’s lineup, this is quickly becoming the one to grab, because the quality is high and the price is low. It is becoming a repetitive overachiever. Despite containing only 10% Syrah, it has that trademark Syrah earthiness on the nose. Tightly wound, crisp and earthy, it is beautifully wrought and quite ageworthy. Juicy and remarkably flavorful on the finish, thanks to the acidity, it is a fine achievement at this price level and one of the better values in the vintage. The only problem for Noval is that many will wonder why they should trade up to the winery’s prestige wines at several times the Cedro’s price. On current tastes, I won’t suprised if many think this is the equal of Noval’s pricier wines and at various times in their development I thought so, too, although that is certainly not the final answer. With a few years passage of time, the equation will no doubt change and they may separate more. There isn’t much question about one thing, however—this is a fine value, a big, relatively deep and powerful Cedro that doesn’t disappoint. The alcohol does sometimes pop its head up (only 14% listed, though) and at other times is not at all noticeable. There were 4,000 cases produced. Drink 2013-2022.

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Country: Portugal
Region: Duriense
Sub-Region: Douro - Porto
Grape Varietal: Red Portugese Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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