(1985 Vintage) Fonseca vintage ports are marked by a style of great fruit richness, voluptuousness and firm tannic backbone. Their initial flavors of opulently concentrated black fruit and jammy spice evolve to reveal complex, silky impressions of dried currants, rose petal and dark chocolate with ending in a long, seductive finish.
Liquorice, toasted wood and some blackberry on the nose. Noticeable structure and drying tannins. Some damson and prune on a superbly long finish. Perhaps a little closed? More to come...
This is different...good but different. Sweet, dry and dry all on one.
last tasted December 2010 while still tasted young.
Wine Advocate(1997 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 12/99
International Wine Cellar(1997 Vintage) Rating: 93(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000 Full saturated ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense, thick and tactile, with superb depth of flavor and compelling juicy sweetness. Finishes with powerful tannins and superb grip. Not as flamboyantly aromatic as this wine normally is in its youth, but structured for long, slow development in bottle. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)
Robert Parker(1997 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 126
Wine Advocate(1997 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 126 on Jan-00
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/00