1978 Quinta do Noval

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DRT
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1978 Quinta do Noval

Post by DRT » 22:56 Thu 19 Jan 2012

Served blind in black glasses here.

Slightly volatile nose. Very smooth entry - quite thick and chewy. Mouthwatering sweetness then a long liquorice finish with some heat. A semi-mature vintage port, perhaps a Taylor 85?
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Re: 1978 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 00:44 Fri 20 Jan 2012

From a black tasting glass. Smelling faintly of wood ash and apricot which developed into a nail varnish VA. Sweet entry, ripe and attractive; medium bodied and flavoursome with sweet red fruit over a gentle acidic core; very faint tannins lurk in the background. Slight heat on the aftertaste from the acid, then a long - very long - and enjoyable finish dominated by sweet red fruit and lots of black licorice. Much more pleasant than the nose suggested; really rather good. Drunk 19 Jan 2012 after 13 hours decant. 91/100.
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