1955 Quinta do Noval

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DRT
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1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 21:49 Sun 19 Dec 2010

Drunk at the Emergency in Wokingham & Paris on 19 Dec 2010.

The bottle was bought as Unknown Shipper, Unknown Vintage - the cork clearly branded Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 1955. Bottled 1957.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 22:11 Sun 19 Dec 2010

From a bottle sealed with brittle pale blue wax. Lovely brick red colour, deep centre, 50% opaque. Subdued nose, showing cinnamon spiced plums. Smooth entry, bringing a lively spiciness and rich cherry juice; surprisingly vigourous tannins. Rich and deep flavours in the mouth. Big aftertaste, dominated by the cherries, which leads to a dry and coffee-bitterness finish of impressive length and flavour. Delicious port; significantly bigger and more robust than a bottle drunk 2 months previously. 90/100. Drunk 19 December 2010.
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Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 22:36 Sun 19 Dec 2010

When we first tasted this about two hours ago AHB rightly described it as "cherry juice". The colour and concentration of fruit is more reminicent of a 1970. This is fabulous port.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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