1970 Martinez

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1970 Martinez

Post by AHB » 10:19 Wed 16 Mar 2011

Gentle red colour, showing maturity; 50% opaque. A slight smell of VA or perhaps bake on the nose initially, but this blew off with time in the glass to leave cloves and cinnamon and red cherries. Rich entry, mouthfilling fruit that is just starting to dry out but still has a big presence. Swallowing reveals red cherry and a lovely cedar bite before a long finish. Delicious port. Guesses were Graham 1970, Warre 1983, Croft 1983, Taylor 1977 and Graham 1977. 90/100. Decanted 3 hours.
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RAYC
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1970 Martinez

Post by RAYC » 17:03 Thu 24 Mar 2011

A great, beautifully mature wine with nice gentle complexity and plenty of secondary characteristics. Smooth and long. In my opinion the one true 90-pointer of the evening for current drinking purposes.

Will be on the look-out for this.
Rob C.

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