2003 Quinta do Noval

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2003 Quinta do Noval

Post by AHB » 22:36 Sun 25 May 2014

Deep red, opaque. Subdued nose, a bit of hard swirling releases some reluctant sweet fruit. The fruit shows better on entry and shows well on the mid-palate. Dusty tannins slowly coalesce - and keep growing to huge levels! The huge roasted-nut tannins and lingering fruit develop a lovely aftertaste. Despite the size of the tannins, this has surprisingly good balance and is a real brooding monster that needs to be held for at least another 20 years. Really impressive. 93/100. Drunk 24-Apr-14 at BFT5.
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