1987 Quinta do Noval Nacional

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jdaw1
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1987 Nacional

Post by jdaw1 » 20:26 Sun 22 Mar 2009

As it is somebody’s birthday (it must be somebody’s!), I decided to open a Nacional 1987, of which I have several in the US, not expensively acquired.

Decanted 3pm, D+0hr: quite lively, nosing having a little heat and cherries and cranberries and not much else. To taste quite tart, perhaps cranberry tartness but maybe just tartness, and a large but not huge mouthfillingness. Good duration as well. Should be good later.

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Re: 1987 Nacional

Post by jdaw1 » 22:49 Sun 22 Mar 2009

Nacional 1987: now at D+3hr, less good. There’s a minty heat-like clinging to the side of the mouth, very long, which I’m not enjoying. Less fruit than earlier, and the tartness has also softened. Not by any stretch of the imagination is this big.

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Re: 1987 Nacional

Post by AHB » 22:52 Sun 22 Mar 2009

I suggest patience. My experience of this particular port last year was that it needed 24+ hours to reach a good drinking plateau where it showed what it will offer in 20 years time.
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Re: 1987 Nacional

Post by jdaw1 » 22:55 Sun 22 Mar 2009

‟What do you think of it?”, asked a guest. ‟Not very impressed”, said I. ‟Nor me, but I’ll drink it.”

Will save half the decanter for tomorrow.

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Re: 1987 Nacional

Post by jdaw1 » 00:31 Tue 24 Mar 2009

D+28hr: light, tart, hot. Functional, but not good.

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Re: 1987 Nacional

Post by uncle tom » 10:30 Tue 24 Mar 2009

There do not appear to be any Nacionals from the 80's that really make the grade - it was not a happy decade for Noval...

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