1985 Quinta do Noval

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jdaw1
Taylor 1900
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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 13:52 Sun 22 Nov 2015

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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 13:50 Wed 25 Nov 2015

Decanted just after noon. Cork crumbled. Slightly pale. Slightly acidic. Hmm.

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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 18:00 Thu 26 Nov 2015

N85, decanted noon. Pink-red, 25% opaque. Nose of sour cherry. Palate sour, indeed wrong. Too acidic.

There was disagreement about whether this was not-good port, or a spoilt bottle. I think spoilt by VA.

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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by Doggett » 12:42 Mon 30 Nov 2015

N85 Very thin, watery. Lots of heat on the finish and not enough fruit showing. Slight rubber-band notes. Many thought it was a bad bottle and AHB even got the spittoon, but I think it was just poor rather than flawed. no score.

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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by djewesbury » 15:53 Sun 06 Dec 2015

This was bad port, and it was spoilt. Spoilt bad port.
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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by AHB » 23:08 Sun 27 Dec 2015

Slightly hazy appearance, a mild mature red colour; 40% opaque. Sugary, syrup-stewed red and white currants on the nose but with an unattractive dirtiness to it. Decent texture but completely lacking in fruit on the palate, which is unpleasant and harsh. Not rated.

Despite what others say, although this is not a great port this bottle is not representative of what the Noval '85 normally delivers.
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Re: 1985 Noval

Post by flash_uk » 13:35 Wed 06 Jan 2016

30% opacity, orange brown, slightly cloudy. Dusty nose, leather and tobacco. Quite light in the mouth, tiny hint of bitterness, oranges, slightly syrupy finish, no heat. No backbone, lacking tannin.

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