1960 Quinta do Noval Nacional

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1960 Quinta do Noval Nacional

Post by AHB » 12:17 Sun 08 Jul 2007

Deep rose red colour, with a touch of orange on the rim. A delicate sweetness on the nose, like ripe wild strawberries. A nose buried in the glass brings out a dusty tone, some pepper and some liquorice with a touch of alcohol showing. Very attractive.

Balanced entry, a touch of glycerine adding to the texture. Initial thoughts are of sweetened redcurrants with just the right balance of sugar and acid. Beautiful balance in the mid-palate with lots going on—masses of fruit in the fore but with a background of herbs, spices and Liquorice All Sorts. A huge aftertaste that starts with a chocolatey tingle in the cheeks that just grows into a complex symphony of Christmas Cake flavours with dried fruits mixed in with deep, dark cake mix. An aftertaste that just keeps going.

This is a remarkable wine that has a huge palate presence and the traditional stunning aftertaste that is expected from a Nacional. While the wine is clearly mature, there is still the fruit and tannin required to allow this wine to hold well for a decade or two, but I doubt it will improve in that time. This is probably one of the 5 best wines that I will drink this year so I will score it a 10/10 on Tom’s scale or 96 points on the Parker scale.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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