1984 Quinta do Noval Silval

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1984 Quinta do Noval Silval

Post by Rubby » 23:39 Sat 03 May 2008

Huge amount of lumpy sediment.
Colour a cloudy strawberry red, going towards copper red.
A not unpleasant but rather weak nose of strawberries, some cherries and some tomato. Quite some alcohol in the mouth. On the palette mainly strawberries, some cherries, elderberry, raspberry and maybe a hint of liquorice. An acceptable long aftertaste, but rather one dimensional. No tannins.
Throughout the 24 hours this Port spent in the decanter, there was no development worth mentioning.

A tired port that, although not entirely faded yet, should have been drunk at least 10 years ago.
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Post by Conky » 23:42 Sat 03 May 2008


Significantly over the hill at 24. What a shame, and a surprise.


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Post by AHB » 19:59 Sun 04 May 2008

1984 is one of those vintages where there were some decent wines made that are still drinking well - Fonseca Guimaraens when I last tried one about 3 years ago, for example.

However, it was not a consistently good vintage across the whole of the Douro and Silval is not one of the wines that I have ever tried or ever read about.

Interesting note. Thanks for trying it for us.
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Post by RonnieRoots » 20:39 Sun 04 May 2008

That, and the fact that Noval wasn't exactly in its prime during the 80's...

Thanks for the note on this!

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Post by Andy Velebil » 04:00 Mon 05 May 2008

IIRC, either Christiano or C. Seeley stated that these were all softer Ports that were early to mid-term drinkers. And yes Ronnie, you are 100% right about Noval in the '80s.

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