1955 Quinta do Noval

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Cockburn 1900
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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 09:18 Thu 14 Oct 2010

N55: red-pink; only 30% opaque. Too thin for my taste, having past its peak a decade ago. Heat early palate; bitterness mid-palate; long. Rather ethereal.

In the second flight competition (Mk, Mz, Ni, N, O, S, T, and W) scoring 17 points, being ranked first by BMHR and second or third by all others except JDAW and AHB, for the Bronze Medal of this flight (and only slightly trailing nineteen-pointed Niepoort).

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Fonseca 1966
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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 16:02 Thu 14 Oct 2010

A little thin on entry and then hot in the mid palate and quite dried-out.

Christian Seely mentioned that he thought this bottle was "not typical".
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 10:27 Sun 17 Oct 2010

Red mahogany in colour, 30% opaque. Gentle on the nose, with a pleasant and mildly fruity smell. Modest entry, with modest levels of fruit and a gentle acidic structure. Aeration brings out more fruit. Warm and pleasant afrertaste, full of orange peel and with a lingering finish. 86/100. Was significantly better a day later when it had put on substantial weight.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by Chris Doty » 10:39 Sun 17 Oct 2010

A very christmasy character. Missletoe, burnt wood, and eggnog. A bit reticent and messy in the midpalate, but this was perfectly fine for drinking, and great in anticipation of December. 84 points

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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by Glenn E. » 22:54 Fri 31 Dec 2010

Color: Bright and vibrant. Very pretty in the glass.
Nose: Reticent.
Palate: Round, fruity, and full. Faint tar.
Finish: Just average, but that's a positive in that it didn't detract from the overall score. Stemmy fade. Nicely warm.

Score: 90 points. I had it tied for 2nd of the 2nd flight with the Mackenzie and behind the Taylor. Concensus had it 3rd behind the Taylor and Niepoort.
Glenn Elliott

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