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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
- Posts: 11743
- Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
- Location: Berkshire, UK
Hidden in the cellars of the Mizen Head Hotel and only available by special request of the owners. Nicely evolved colour with no youthful scarlet and 90% opaque. Sadly dominated by bottle stink (but this blew off completely over the next couple of days) on the nose at first. Gentle sweet, slightly baked, fruit on the palate - full of strawberry jam. The tannins are firm, dry and slightly green; still surprisingly powerful. Medium bodied with a bit of heat on the aftertaste then a green tannin led finish of fresh nettles. Long and fine, deliciously chewy. Showing the lack of poise and balance that is expected in a teenage port but with plenty of promise for the future. 87/100.