1963 Quinta do Noval

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jdaw1
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1963 Quinta do Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 23:16 Thu 18 Apr 2013

Oscar visited London, so the team sampled some VPs and some stuff described as ‟brown sticky stuff”. Some were served sighted, some were blind.

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Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 10:36 Sat 20 Apr 2013

N63, brought by JDAW. Brick red, 30% opaque. Nose had spearmint, with cherry behind. To taste some heat, some soft red fruit, and slightly lighter than mid weight.

N63 is a variable bird. My alma mater, Queens’ College Cambridge, had, during the late 1980s, a stash of wonderful Noval 1963. I acquired a few bottles (less than a dozen), and drank the last in about 2003. One present at that tasting complained of ‟too much damson jam”. (Could it have been mis-labelled ‘NN’? Was it NN63 that taught me to like port? We will never know.) Other N63s have been thinner, or lighter, or too evolved, or just less good.

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Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 14:23 Mon 13 May 2013

Bottled by Corney & Barrow. Orange rim, pale colour - clearly mature. Vibrant and fruity nose with lots of licorice. Balanced on the palate, smooth and elegant. Lovely poise and layering. Full of fruit and with a great focus that is underpinned by a spicy tobacco. Big on the finish, with a sweet jelly and long length of tobacco. Absolutely fabulous. Served blind, this was guessed to be Fonseca 1970. 95/100.
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