2004 Quinta do Noval LBV (unfiltered)

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jdaw1
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2004 Quinta do Noval LBV (unfiltered)

Post by jdaw1 » 00:05 Sat 09 Apr 2011

Tasted at The Big Fortified Tasting, a trade fair in London at Glaziers Hall on Wed 06 April 2011 (Review thread, containing links to other tasting notes). This being a large trade-fair event, tasting notes generally brief.

2004 Quinta do Noval unfiltered LBV. Note that this is the first Quinta do Noval LBV, that is, the first in which all the grapes were grown on the estate. Dark red, about 70% opacity. Big rich cloying tannic-ness. This needs 2Y in bottle, and will then be fantastic. But now it is too hard to drink. Perhaps this has been released too early?

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Re: 2004 Quinta do Noval unfiltered LBV

Post by JacobH » 13:16 Thu 14 Apr 2011

Quinta do Noval 2004 LBV
Now made exclusively with grapes from the Quinta, this LBV was a touch darker than the other 2004 LBVs tasted and was also younger on the nose, with those complex aromas of a very young Port still being obvious. In the mouth, surprisingly dry and tannic. Almost as austere as a Dow, with very little primary fruit being present.

I hadn't previously thought about what jdaw1 suggests, thinking they had simply gone for a dry style (which would rather fit in with the Noval Black). But perhaps what he suggests is right and it may improve with time in the bottle.
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