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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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- Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
- Location: Berkshire, UK
From a half bottle. Pale amber in colour and with a nose of antisceptic and rosemary - nowhere near as attractive as the Warre 1900 shown at the same tasting, but it does improve slightly with a swirl in the glass. The mouth is dominated by an odd earthy taste and overwhelming rosemary oil. The fruit is long gone, leaving a tired and dried out wine. The aftertaste emphasises that this is just too old, showing nothing but a dry bitterness. 80/100.
Nice golden colour. Drinkable but becoming very old and tired. AHB sneakily poured his into my glass when he thought I wasn't looking. As the member of our group who is normally the most enthusiastic about tired old wines I think this says it all about this one
I had no issue with this one at all. I was really quite taken aback that a wine from a vintage that is often summarised as light - and from a half bottle - could show so well at this age. It was a very old wine that has probably seen better days, but it still retained it's clarity, colour and composure. The bottle has a twin - which I shall treasure!
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