Quinta do Noval Colheita 2003
60.75€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Spain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Colheita Tawny Port is a typical Douro blend bottled in 2016 with a long cork. It comes in with 118 grams per liter of residual sugar and 20.5% alcohol. For a relatively young tawny, this shows fine concentration and grip, with a youthful and lively finish. Burly and powerful, this opened up over several days, proving that it had some elegance, too. In most ways, for a young Colheita this is a big overachiever, more solid than one might expect and with more power. (Vintage 2003 was a very big and warm Douro vintage.) The spirits do announce their presence every now and then, my only quibble. Over some days (and when drunk at the proper cooler temperatures), it was fine, balanced by the concentration and richness here. Overall, this is pretty impressive in depth and power for what amounts to a 13-year-old tawny. With that long cork, you can lay it down a bit, too. You certainly don't have to, but this might acquire a bit more 'suave' over the course of a decade or so.
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