1963 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A light rust, garnet hue with degradated deep brick rim. The nose is comparatively simple with scents of cherry, spice, iron rust and wild strawberry. Perhaps a little flat compared to the others. A medium-bodied palate, quite pretty, with damson, cherries and a touch of sloes. Quite cohesive, though lacking the breeding of great 1963’s. But the finish is pleasantly harmonious with good vigour, though perhaps rather linear. Given its reputation, this is actually better than I anticipated. Something tells me that this is an over-performing bottle, but this is a lovely, elegant mature port. Tasted February 2007. (NM-Wine Journal)
Quite stunning. This magical wine is still dark ruby at 50 years old! Still very dense too managing to combine finesse with a character that is a bit burnt, rich and every so slightly salty. More throat warming (after the Colheita 1979) and such personality! 20/20 points. Drink to 2080.
It is still nice on the palate for those who want a mature vintage. Medium red-garnet, with smoky plum aromas, medium-bodied, with sweet, mature tobacco and cherry flavors and light, velvety tannins.(Web-1989)