1978 Quinta do Noval

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jdaw1
Taylor 1900
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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.

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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.

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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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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.

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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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.
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