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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
- Posts: 11722
- Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
- Location: Berkshire, UK
From a bottle with a high fill. Brick coloured, but with a edge that is almost golden; 60% opaque. Smelling slightly oxidised on the nose with pine needles over bitter juniper berries - slightly dirty and very gamey. Quite neutral on entry with little fruit. Some dried sour cherries appear on the mid-palate with the juniper bitterness and a sandlwood sweetness adding complexity and interest, but with a slight touch of oxidation. The flavours all combine to deliver a big, bitter mouthful. The aftertaste is just as big, dominated by cedar wood and leads to an explosion of tobacco which fades quickly until leaving a long finish of red aniseed. A big and powerful port, if a little dry. Served blind this was guessed to be Taylor 1955. 89/100. Decanted 2 hours. Drunk 28 September 2017.
35% opacity, mature red with yellow-amber rim. Caramels on the nose. Red berries behind this - cranberries. Mid weight in the mouth, dry, slight bitterness. Finish opens up wonderfully, tobacco, dried red fruits.