Vintage Van­tage

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

In a rare move, renowned Douro Val­ley port pro­ducer Quinta do No­val de­clared the year 2013 a port vintage de­spite Por­tu­gal’s wet harvest sea­son and a small out­put. There’s no law reg­u­lat­ing port vin­tages, but they’re gen­er­ally de­clared when most of the port houses agree, usu­ally three to four vin­tages in a decade. The three most re­cent fully de­clared vin­tages are 2011, 2007 and 2003. Quinta do No­val man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris­tian Seely said in ex­plain­ing the de­ci­sion, “I think that if ever I have even a very small quan­tity of out­stand­ing wine that is of Quinta do No­val qual­ity, then I should de­clare it.” And the ul­ti­mate cri­te­ria “is whether a wine made that year from our vine­yard has the qual­ity and the per­son­al­ity of a Quinta do No­val Vintage Port.” How good is the 2013 Quinta do No­val? 94 points

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