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GC77: decanted 14:50. By a long margin the darkest. Nose very pruney; taste starts bitter (it is GC), then not noted. It was in all three senses very different to all the other 1977s.
very dark by comparison to the others, with real tannic bite - could be of a different vintage! Great stuff, albeit quite closed at outset and never fully opened up. Could not improve on jdaw1's "prunes". Bags of potential - suspect would have benefitted from longer decant ***(**) (89 for current drinking)
- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Deep red and opaque. Closed on the nose, perhaps a slight show of bitter blackcurrant. Hollow impact; some spicy dark chocolate on the mid-palate but not with a good balance - ungainly, bitter and dry. Big warm aftertaste and a long finish. Disappointingly unbalanced, not right. 84/100. 5 hour decant.