1937 Quinta do Noval Colheita

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1937 Quinta do Noval Colheita

Post by jdaw1 » 12:51 Sat 21 Dec 2013

On Thursday 19th December 2013 a subset of the obvious suspects gathered at The Bell in Wendens Ambo to taste old, peculiar and unknown bottles.

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Re: 1937 Quinta do Noval colheita

Post by AHB » 22:22 Sun 22 Dec 2013

Bottled 1994. Deep brown centre, 40% opaque. Typical colheita nose, gentle but showing intense concentration of flavour. Lovely texture on the palate; huge levels of acidity with the sourness dominating and causing a lack of balance. An interesting array of flavours on the dry aftertaste; sadly the finish is rather short. 86/100.
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Re: 1937 Quinta do Noval colheita

Post by RAYC » 23:38 Sun 22 Dec 2013

Good colheita with lovely concentration, albeit some alcohol burn and a slightly unrefined feel to this - 89
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Re: 1937 Quinta do Noval colheita

Post by Glenn E. » 03:48 Mon 23 Dec 2013

Either y'all are messing with me, or you had an off bottle. 86 and 89 for a '37 Noval Colheita?
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Re: 1937 Quinta do Noval colheita

Post by RAYC » 13:37 Mon 23 Dec 2013

Glenn E. wrote:Either y'all are messing with me, or you had an off bottle. 86 and 89 for a '37 Noval Colheita?
Possibly did not get enough air to show full potential, possibly I tasted this after quite a few other ports so was suffering from fatigue. I might also be a bit more stingy with marks when drinking multiple ports alongside each other (rather than one or two bottles on their own). It's also possible that 20yrs in bottle has not been beneficial and that the later bottlings show better.

Does this have a reputation of being a "blockbuster" colheita?
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Re: 1937 Quinta do Noval colheita

Post by DRT » 13:42 Mon 23 Dec 2013

RAYC wrote:Does this have a reputation of being a "blockbuster" colheita?
Yes, 1937 in general and particularly Noval.

I suspect it is the bottle age that is the problem. Do we know how/where it was stored for nearly 20 years?
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