1997 Noval

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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1997 Noval

Post by flash_uk » 12:13 Thu 10 Aug 2017

On Wednesday 9th August 2017 we gathered at The Boot & Flogger to taste some port.

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flash_uk
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Re: 1997 Noval

Post by flash_uk » 12:23 Thu 17 Aug 2017

90% opacity, dark, dark red. Fruity, tannic, big. Long way to go! I guessed V97.

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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Re: 1997 Noval

Post by AHB » 13:57 Sat 04 Nov 2017

Very dark red with a narrow rim, no bricking on the colour but clearly not youthful. Quite closed on the nose, very restrained with little showing. Also restrained and held back on the palate, subdued and closed. Hard work and a lot of air does force this port to show deep, dark forest fruits which are so reluctant to show themselves but are very intense. Lingering cranberries show on the finish. This is a port which is so closed at the moments as to be impossible to make a fair assessment, but which seems to show so much depth and potential for when it recovers its poise. Served blind, this was guessed to be Warre 1994.

When identified, it seems clear that if opening a bottle of this port in the next year or two, allow a very long decant time (at least 24 hours). 89/100.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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