1970 Quinta do Noval

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1970 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 19:59 Sat 11 Sep 2010

Emergency decant. The cork was very soft, quite loose, broke in half and released a smell of musty cardboard. Hopefully it's just the cork that smells and not the wine.

The wine is running clear and bright into the decanter as I type this. Quite translucent, looks quite mature but still very red.

More later. Probably not very much later.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1970 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 20:31 Sat 11 Sep 2010

I can't believe I have lasted this long:

D+20 minutes
A sweet candy smell. Not smelling of wet cardboard :D

Light in the mouth. Very evolved with lots of red fruits, rhubarb and some heat. This would not be top of the class in a 1970 contest but is a very nice glass of port.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1970 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 23:03 Sat 11 Sep 2010

After a Chicken Bhuna this is holding up well.

Quite sweet but fairly simple and more evolved than I would want a 1970 to be at this stage. After all, it's only 40 years old!

If you have any of this in your cellar I would advise drinking most of it now. It is a very nice glass of port but it's going nowhere in terms of further development/improvement. Drink up, and enjoy it while you do.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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