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39 Ratings
Fonseca Vintage Port

Wine Details

Vineyard

Fonseca

Style

Dessert

Region

DouroPortugal

Wine Description

(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 chocolate that last for over a minute.

Expert Reviews
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  • 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
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine