Fonseca Vintage Port
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7 Ratings
Fonseca Vintage Port

Wine Details

Vineyard

Fonseca

Varietal

Pinot Blanc

Style

Fortified

Region

Portugal

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2003 Vintage) Fonseca vintage ports are renowned for their great fruit richness and voluptuousness, and, while powerful and mouthfilling, for their breed and balance. In the context of each vintage, they combine the tannic dimension and "grip" which give great port its longevity with the structure and complexity that are Fonseca's hallmark. Among the Douro's first growths, Fonseca Vintage Port is clearly the "Pétrus" of Port. Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple read more...Fonseca vintage ports are renowned for their great fruit richness and voluptuousness, and, while powerful and mouthfilling, for their breed and balance. In the context of each vintage, they combine the tannic dimension and "grip" which give great port its longevity with the structure and complexity that are Fonseca's hallmark. Among the Douro's first growths, Fonseca Vintage Port is clearly the "Pétrus" of Port. Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple trim, the 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port exhibits a nose of profound depth. Its sweet black mass of dark fruit and spice aromas leads to a character of immense depth, richness, and weight. Full-bodied, viscous, and almost impenetrable, this dense, backward port is powerful and exceptionally long in the finish. Possibly the most masculine Fonseca I've ever encountered, it coats the taster's palate with licorice, jammy black fruits, and notes of chocolate that last for over a minute. This blockbuster will require at least three decades to fully blossom. Anticipated maturity: 2035-2060. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2003 Vintage) His rsquo;97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintage: It strikes a chord as the ultimate central Douro wine, the fat, round tone of a Fonseca chord, then its bandwidth begins to modulate, to expand and contract in waves of power, of fruit, spice and dried flowers. The color grows from its depth, while the surface of the wine remains smooth and impenetrable at first, merely wood scents, red fruits, streamlines and constrained. The spice is the first element to expand, stretching into higher tones, then the fat center of the wine expands into the pear-shaped glistening Port that Fonseca is destined to become. This wine is alive, its Douro spirit more complete and powerful than the sum of its individual parts.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2003 Vintage) "Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple trim, the 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port exhibits a nose of profound depth. Its sweet black mass of dark fruit and spice aromas leads to a character of immense depth, richness, and weight. Full-bodied, viscous, and almost impenetrable, this dense, backward port is powerful and exceptionally long in the finish. Possibly the most masculine Fonseca I've ever encountered, it coats the taster's palate with licorice, jammy black fruits, and notes of c...
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1970 Vintage) "Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins." "Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, it excels in its magnificently complex, in...