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Professional Ratings: 100 Wine Spectator, 99 The Wine Advocate, 96 International Wine Cellar
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 20.5%
Item no. 126641
Grapes from ungrafted vines, in a small area at the heat of the Noval vineyard, untouched by phylloxera, give this wine it's unique and distinctive personality. Rich and full wine, yet balanced. Deep purple color. Spice and pepper flavors, yet with florality and fruit.
The world's most highly prized Port.
Toffee aromas leads to a complex array of fig, mineral, iron and dark fruit flavors that are rich and intense. The long, caressing finish features spicy notes, with hints of fresh mint. Amazingly elegant. Drink now through 2025.
1994 Nacional is an incredibly rich, massive wine, yet at the same time, well-balanced and amazingly well-delineated. The color is an opaque purple. In addition to the abundant peppery, floral, cassis fruit, there is an ethereal character to this super-rich, pure wine that is not the least bit heavy. A compelling Nacional, it possesses even more stuffing than the regular bottling (as one might suspect), and at least 30-40 years of longevity.
Excellent medium ruby. High-pitched, still-youthful aromas and flavors of black cherry, minerals, graphite, licorice, espresso and menthol. Primary, intense and impeccably balanced, with strong but harmonious acidity giving grip to the sappy dark fruit flavors and extending the extremely long finish. Wonderfully dense and silky wine--more elegantly styled than the 1996, thanks in part to the relatively cool summer. This should almost certainly merit an even higher score in a decade or so. Amazing wine in the making, and likely to merit an even higher score 10 or 20 years from now.