Neil Martin 100
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The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless - surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963.
| Neil Martin
|Region||Portugal | Oporto | Oporto|
|Bottle size||Standard bottle (0,75 liter)|
Bottle in excellent condition, Label and capsule excellent. Level into the neck. Stored in fully conditioned cellar.
|When to drink||2020-2050|