1978 Quinta do Noval

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
jdaw1
Cockburn 1900
Posts: 20534
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London
Contact:

1978 Quinta do Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 12:22 Tue 28 Jul 2015

Monday 27th July 2015, at The Boot & Flogger, Bring a bottle to share.

Links:

User avatar
jdaw1
Cockburn 1900
Posts: 20534
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London
Contact:

Re: 1978 Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 13:31 Tue 28 Jul 2015

N78. For some reason I wrote nothing (was I channelling the absent DRT?), so this from memory. Red centre, pink edge, 30% opaque. Very smooth, with red cherry fruit. Lovely port, though a mite lighter than ideal. Most guesses, including mine, were of a good but not top-rank ’60: slightly over-mature lovely port, delicious even if slightly lighter than ideal. Though the guesses were deeply wrong, they were, in a different sense, quite fair.

User avatar
flash_uk
Dow 1980
Posts: 2747
Joined: 20:02 Thu 13 Feb 2014
Location: London

Re: 1978 Noval

Post by flash_uk » 14:21 Tue 28 Jul 2015

25% opacity, red brown orange. Lovely sweet nose with a hint of citrus. Smooth sweetness, great balance. Quite mature. Guessed F63. Indeed the guesses made although all wrong, were high praise for this N78.

User avatar
AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
Posts: 11915
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

Re: 1978 Noval

Post by AHB » 21:10 Sun 09 Aug 2015

Red ochre colour, mature and only 15% opaque. Dusty cherries on the nose, sweet and candied. Modest entry of strawberry jam with a nice floral twist; good body. Lovely mid-maturity with lots of sweet fruit and the floral elements continuing on the mid-palate; surprisingly there are still some gentle tannins to be found. All the elements combine to give a surprisingly youthful palate. The floral rose-hip fruit carries through the aftertaste with a burst of heat on the early finish. The finish lasts well, ending with a nice burst of strawberry jam. 91/100.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

Post Reply