2016 Valriz

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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2016 Valriz

Post by AHB » 12:11 Thu 13 Sep 2018

Unusually for young vintage port, this wine was not opaque. Gentle Parma Violets infuse the nose, sweet and slightly powdery at first but moving to be an astringent (and still powdery) blackcurrant with a little swirl. Modest bodied entry, with the astringent blackcurrant and powerful acidity dominating. Dry on the late palate with the fruit showing well, leading to a lingering blackcurrant finish. This is modest port, elegant and gentle, which will bring drinking pleasure for 2-3 decades. 87-89. Tasted 12 September 2018.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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