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Quinta do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Unfiltered Black Label Port

Quinta do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Unfiltered Black Label Port

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Quinta do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Unfiltered Black Label Port: A Detailed Tasting Experience

A Wine of Distinction: The Quinta do Noval LBV Unfiltered Black Label

Discerning wine drinkers seeking an exceptional Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port need look no further than the Quinta do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Unfiltered Black Label. This remarkable wine, produced by the prestigious Quinta do Noval estate in Portugal's Douro Valley, embodies the essence of the Noval style. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the LBV Unfiltered Black Label offers a compelling drinking experience for both immediate enjoyment and graceful ageing.

Tasting Profile: A Symphony of Flavours

  • Colour: Upon pouring, the LBV Unfiltered Black Label captivates with a deep, rich ruby hue. The colour hints at the intensity and concentration of flavours to come.
  • Aroma: The nose is greeted with an intense and elegant bouquet. A great aromatic richness unfolds, dominated by ripe black fruits such as plums and blackberries. Hints of spice, like clove and nutmeg, add intriguing complexity.
  • Palate: The first sip reveals a mouthful of vibrant and fresh red fruits, their sweetness balanced by a core of fine yet solid tannins. These tannins provide structure and elegance, creating a wine of great amplitude. The unfiltered nature of the wine contributes to a delightful textural experience, with a silky and smooth mouthfeel.
  • Finish: The finish is long and flavourful, leaving a lingering impression of spiced fruit and a touch of cocoa. The well-integrated acidity ensures a refreshing and balanced conclusion to the tasting journey.

Food Pairing Recommendations: A Perfect Harmony

The Quinta do Noval LBV Unfiltered Black Label is a versatile wine that pairs beautifully with a variety of foods. Here are some suggested pairings to elevate your dining experience:

  • Cheese: The sweetness and richness of the LBV complement a range of cheeses. Creamy blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort create a delightful contrast of textures and flavours. Mature cheddar or a selection of hard cheeses also pair well.
  • Chocolate: For a truly decadent treat, indulge in a pairing with dark chocolate. The bitterness of the chocolate cuts through the sweetness of the wine, creating a harmonious balance. Explore options with a high cocoa content (70% or above) for an optimal pairing.
  • Desserts: The LBV Unfiltered Black Label is a perfect companion for an array of desserts. Fruit-based desserts like tarts, crumbles, and pies find a natural affinity with the wine's fruit flavours. It also complements chocolate desserts like brownies or flourless chocolate cake exceptionally well.
  • After-dinner Drink: Enjoy the LBV Unfiltered Black Label on its own as a digestif after a sumptuous meal. The wine's sweetness and depth of flavour make it a satisfying conclusion to any dining occasion.

Beyond the Tasting: The Quinta do Noval Legacy

The Quinta do Noval LBV Unfiltered Black Label reflects the estate's unwavering commitment to quality and tradition. Crafted with grapes grown exclusively within the Quinta do Noval vineyards, the wine undergoes a meticulous production process. Similar to a Vintage Port, the grapes are foot-trodden for gentle extraction of flavour before ageing for four to five years in wooden vats. The unfiltered nature of the wine allows the full expression of the fruit character and adds a touch of rustic charm.

Ageing Potential: A Wine that Evolves

While the LBV Unfiltered Black Label is ready to drink upon release, it possesses the potential to age gracefully in the bottle for several years. This allows the flavours to further develop and mature, taking on additional complexity. For those seeking a more developed taste profile, cellaring the wine for a few years can be a rewarding experience.

In Conclusion: A Treasured Addition to Your Cellar

The Quinta do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Unfiltered Black Label Port is a remarkable wine that stands out from the crowd. Its exceptional quality, versatility in food pairing, and ageing potential make it a treasured addition to any wine enthusiast's collection. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, the LBV Unfiltered Black Label promises a truly memorable drinking experience.

Order your bottle of Quinta do Noval Late Bottle Vintage Unfiltered Black Label Port today from The General Wine Co. and embark on a delightful journey of taste discovery.

 

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