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I had trouble deciding whether the Noval 1963 was great or ordinary. Middling red to the eye. I, supported by SC, found lavender and sugar. PMD and SRG found black cherries. The taste started rich and fruity, and fatty unctuousness. Lovely. But the aftertaste was mostly alcohol. Some people had this amongst the best ports of the evening, but I thought in the second three rather than the top tier.
- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Decanted for 4½ hours before drinking. Mid-red colour with hickory smoke on the nose over a floral lavender and cherry bouquet. Rich mouthfeel with dust and then cranberries and lots of fruit; some fatness and a great acidic structure. A warm aftertaste bringing red licorice. This port took quite a time to develop in the glass to its full potential, but an hour later the nose had opened up and was magnificent. My second top wine of the night after the Fonseca '63. 94/100. Drunk 2/2/08.
- Axel P
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