1970 Quinta do Noval

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1970 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 00:18 Fri 16 Jul 2010

Deep red in colour, centre just transparent. Sweet, spiced redcurrant on the nose; reminiscient of sultanas soaked in spiced light syrup. Thick and mouthfilling with some spiciness on the tongue; very full bodied presence. Rich and thick and full of flavour. A bit of a burn on swallowing, followed by a long aftertaste of sweet cranberry jelly. A big port right at its peak. 90/100.
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Chris Doty
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Re: 1970 Quinta do Noval

Post by Chris Doty » 14:42 Wed 04 Aug 2010

Just a bit closed on the nose. Tom says this is the same as my wine (meaning it is a '70 Warre). Not sure I think they smell the same, but they're clearly pretty close in spirit. Thick and rich in the mouth, good structure, bright spices, and a decent helping of fruit. Lacks the umph, x-factor, originality, deliciouness, etc. to take it up to the 'excellent' level, but this is not far off. 89pts

I've not heard anything about the Noval '70, but I take it that this was showing above its reputation. Wouldn't be at all sad to get served this.

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