1963 Quinta do Noval

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
AHB
Fonseca 1970
Posts: 10935
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

1963 Quinta do Noval vintage port

Post by AHB » 23:52 Sat 16 Jan 2010

Mid red colour, looking to be at the peak of maturity. Quite closed on the nose - sweet and inviting. Sweet and balanced in the mouth, but showing a dry core and still some tannins in the wine. Very elegant. Big oranges on the aftertaste, with a long and very lovely length.

Initially, I preferred the other bottle of Noval 1963, but after allowing both to stand in the glass for a couple of hours, this wine was the better of the two without any of the harsh tones noticeable in the other bottle. 92/100. Drunk 17 Dec 2009.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

User avatar
jdaw1
Taylor 1900
Posts: 19597
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London
Contact:

Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval vintage port

Post by jdaw1 » 21:16 Sat 27 Feb 2010

Colour translucent strawberry. Nose and palate: heat; spice; strawberry. The heat particularly mid-to-late palate.

Heat suggested Taylor; fruit said Warre; I said Sandeman. Actually Noval. Year I got right: ’63.

User avatar
Chris Doty
Warre’s Otima 20 year old Tawny
Posts: 678
Joined: 12:30 Fri 29 Jan 2010

Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval vintage port

Post by Chris Doty » 21:32 Sat 27 Feb 2010

Thanks for the notes guys -- I had been under the impression that this was generally not a particularly good effort from Noval, and that it should only be viewed as attractive ~$65 -- it seems you guys were a bit more positive, no?

User avatar
jdaw1
Taylor 1900
Posts: 19597
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London
Contact:

Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval vintage port

Post by jdaw1 » 23:02 Sat 27 Feb 2010

N63 very variable. One bottling (my Cambridge college) was consistently fantastic; many others have been mediocre. Seemingly very random.

User avatar
DRT
Graham’s 1948
Posts: 14951
Joined: 23:51 Wed 20 Jun 2007
Location: Chesterfield, UK
Contact:

Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval vintage port

Post by DRT » 23:09 Sat 27 Feb 2010

I have had from very good to very bad and a few inbetween. You just have to be lucky with this one.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 0 guests