1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional

Post by AHB » 10:43 Thu 26 Sep 2013

Brick red, warm and attractive in colour. 100% opaque at the centre. Absolutely wonderful nose, complex; full of mace and cinammon over the top of stewed rhubarb and star fruit. Beautifully balanced on the palate, with a big dollop of acidity leading to the complex brown sugar sweetened palate of cranberries and redcurrants. Very youthful, reminiscent of one of the reluctant 1970s. Perfectly combining intensity with balance, poise with power. A flash of the tannins on the aftertaste, then leading into a massive finish of tremendous length and multiple layers of flavour. Even at the age of 50 this remains a benchmark of what port is capable of becoming. Astonishing. 98/100. Drunk 16-Sep-13
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional

Post by djewesbury » 10:44 Thu 26 Sep 2013

I'm going to the wrong wine bar.
Daniel J.
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Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional

Post by AHB » 10:49 Thu 26 Sep 2013

djewesbury wrote:I'm going to the wrong wine bar.
But I saw it on the wine list of one of the places you visited in Portugal!
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Re: 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional

Post by djewesbury » 10:50 Thu 26 Sep 2013

AHB wrote:
djewesbury wrote:I'm going to the wrong wine bar.
But I saw it on the wine list of one of the places you visited in Portugal!
Yes, I was just a little light that day...
Daniel J.
delete.. delete.. *sigh*.. delete...

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