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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
- Posts: 11915
- Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
- Location: Berkshire, UK
Decanted off hard flakes of sediment, crystal clear. Deep red in colour, but looking to be in early maturity and no real signs of bricking; 80% opaque. Straight after decanting this smelt of dusty red cherries. After 5 hours in the decanter this smell had developed into the rich, sweet smell of bruised black cherries. Restrained on entry; quite dry and balanced, with gentle tannins. There is plenty of fruit but it is dry fruit, not rich and sweet, but great complexity and balance. The aftertaste explodes to life, with deep cherry but laced with coffee bean and dark chocolate. There is a hint of the typical Taylor spirit on the finish, but the length and volume of flavour is tremendous. This is a beautiful port, with great balance and huge flavours, drinking oh so well! 93/100. Drunk 08-Dec-12 after decanting 5 hours.