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Wine of the weekCedro do Noval 2009

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 30, 2013

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The red table wines of Portugal's Douro Valley, the home of port, are a relatively recent innovation. Made from the same grape varieties that go into port itself, these highly-distinctive reds share the deep ruby colours and spicy aromas of the fortified wines, followed up by balanced, satisfying savoury flavours. Pick of bunch is Cedro do Noval 2009 at £16 from Cambridge Wines in Salisbury, Berry Bros & Rudd and Ocado online. It is the red wine of Quinta do Noval and takes its name from the giant cedar tree on the quinta's terrace, high in the Douro Valley. It is deep in colour, smouldering with dark, minty aromas, and distinctively flavoured with sleek, spicy and intense black fruits. It is made from nine parts port grapes to one part syrah which means it is not classified as a Douro denominated wine but as a Vinho Regional Duriense.

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