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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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- Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
- Location: Berkshire, UK
When first opened, the nose of this wine was full of pure blueberry juice and was massively fruity. Over the next 5 days the nose changed considerably until it was a slighty unbalanced redcurrant and rose perfume. The tannins are pronounced, but arrive on the palate late - long after the fruit has coated the taste-buds with the silky texture this wine has. There is a fine balance between the fruit, tannins and acidity. The aftertaste is big and fruit driven, and comes with a long finish. Overall, this port has elements of being an elegant early drinker and elements of being a serious wine. I can't make my mind up which it is. The slight disappointment I had was with the nose at the end of the tasting. 88-90/100. Cellar for 20 years before drinking at its peak. 5 July 2010.