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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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- Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
- Location: Berkshire, UK
A bottle from the original release in the 1960s. Said by Dirk Niepoort to be 50% from the 1863 base wine and 50% to be from a mix of wines ranging from 1900-1950. Dark brown and incredibly intense in colour, 90% opaque. An amazing nose, full of scent. Incredibly intense and multi-layered with treacle, pistachio paste and balsamic vinegar all taking turns to show up. The palate in eye-watering both in flavour and in intensity. A sip brings a mass of flavours backed by searing acidity. There is nothing too subtle in the way that this arrives on the palate, but look carefully and you will find subtle variations of flavour and taste with brown sugar and black treacle all influencing the grapefruit oil bitter-sweetness. The finish is as you are led to expect — big, intense and lingering. This is a big, powerful wine that yet manages to be balanced and flavoursome. A fabulous port. 98/100. Drunk 20-Apr-18. Decanted 2 hours.