1963 Dow

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1963 Dow

Post by AHB » 10:01 Tue 29 Dec 2015

A poor bottle, mid-shoulder with a deteriorated cork and signs of seepage. When opened, the cork was dirty and slightly loose.

Barley-sugar orange in colour; 40% opaque. Gentle nose of barley sugar and straw, a bit unclean. Modest entry, sweet and slightly oxidised so as to deliver a tawny experience rather than a fruit forward vintage port. Good levels of acidity hold the palate together. This port delivers a long finish of burnt sugar and bitter fresh orange peel. Great length, but distinctly tawny and atypical in style. 83/100. Drunk 19-Dec-15. Decanted 6 hours.
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