1963 Quinta do Noval

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1963 Noval VP

Post by jdaw1 » 16:08 Sun 03 Feb 2008

Noval, part of a 1963 horizontal At my father’s in Sussex, on Saturday 2nd February 2008.

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Noval 1963

Post by jdaw1 » 21:01 Sun 03 Feb 2008

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.

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2nd Feb 2008: Noval 1963 cork

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Re: 2nd Feb 2008: Noval 1963 bottle

Post by jdaw1 » 15:21 Tue 05 Feb 2008

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2nd Feb 2008: Noval 1963 capsule

Post by jdaw1 » 21:13 Tue 05 Feb 2008

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Post by AHB » 21:02 Mon 11 Feb 2008

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.
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Post by Axel P » 08:42 Wed 13 Feb 2008

Are we still talking about a Noval 63 or has somebody smuggled in some Nacional in your TNs. Was it that much better than the one we had last March in London?

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N63

Post by jdaw1 » 15:09 Wed 13 Feb 2008

Regular Noval. I have found great variation in UK bottlings of Noval 1963. Some, from Queens’ College Cambridge, are among the best ports I have ever tasted. Others have been dry or dismal or both. This was at the better end, but not best-ever N63.

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