1994 Quinta do Noval

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1994 Quinta do Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 12:36 Wed 05 Mar 2014

A horizontal of 1994 and a G83 were tasted at Bordeaux Index, 10 Hatton Garden EC1N 8AH on Tuesday 4th March 2014, in the presence of Richard Mayson, as arranged by Michael Schuster of MichaelSchusterWine.com.

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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 13:35 Wed 05 Mar 2014

N94: the Port that heralded the return of Quinta do Noval to greatness. The palest ’94 in the room, and not impressive. Nose started with stink, which lessened fairly quickly. Michael Schuster suggested “raisining”, but I thought more wrong than that. Taste far too acidic, though with plum and black grape behind that acidity. Hopefully this was not typical.

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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by flash_uk » 19:38 Wed 05 Mar 2014

60% opacity, pale rim, no legs, seems thin. Nose was burnt, a bit stewey, something really not right. On the palate, gone quickly acidity gave way to tannin at the very quick end. Almost tasted sherry-like. A bad bottle, not typical others advised. As Julian points out above, I also had thought this was meant to herald the rebirth of Noval from 1970. Will need to wait for a future bottle to validate that!

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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by DRT » 01:08 Thu 06 Mar 2014

This bottle was horrid. I have had much better N94 - this was a bad bottle.
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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by djewesbury » 22:34 Thu 06 Mar 2014

24 hour decant. 60-65%, orangey-brown. Very rancio nose, mouth is hopelessly woody. That said, I wouldn't describe this as horrid; but it's wrong. It tasted like sherry or a very dry colheita. Odd.
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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by idj123 » 10:35 Sat 08 Mar 2014

Agree with Daniel, it was as if a VP label had been put on a bottle of 30 or 40yr tawny. Disappointing. as this seems to be a difficult VP to get hold of and so I don't know when I'll have the opportunity to drink again.

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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by Andy Velebil » 21:56 Tue 11 Mar 2014

No not typical at all. This is a rock star normally.

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Re: 1994 Noval

Post by AHB » 12:14 Wed 26 Mar 2014

Pale red, looking to be evolved; 80% opaque. Sour nose, stewed fruit dominating - smells to be suffering from bake and bottle stink. Unpleasant palate that is dominated by the bottle stink flavours. Thin palate, astringent tannins which do let go eventually release their grip and release some charcoal and burnt fruit. The burnt fruit carries through on to the finish of cinders and ash. If this was rated, it would get 81 points, but it is not fair to rate this unrepresentative bottle. Not rated. 22 hour decant.

I have had several other bottles of Noval 1994 and this was not typical.
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