Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage is a superior quality wines that has been aged longer that the younger Reserve Portos. The extra time inn the barrel allows greater complexity to develop. It is not a vintage port which is bottled only when it is 2 years old. These wines are bottled later between 4-6 years old; which is why they are called Late Bottled Vintage. The wonderful advantage over the famous vintage ports is that Late Bottle Vintages do not need to be cellared and are ready to drink. Fonseca use their pioneering piston fermenters for Late Bottled Vintages, for extra fruit extraction.

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External Reviews for Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This is all about power and rich fruit. A great depth of flavor, dark and brooding, but also with great sweetness and richness. This is an outstanding powerful wine which will age.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Aromas of blueberry and almond follow through to a full-bodied palate. Medium sweet, round and chewy. Slightly one-dimensional. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A well-balanced wine, bringing both rich fruit and sweet tannins to go with dense concentration. There is ripeness from black jam and sweet jelly, followed by a good core of dryness.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
06/20/2012

This luxuriant, firmly structured wine is marked by intense black fruit and cassis flavors and aromas with nuances of spice, nutmeg and sweet herbs set in a plummy, saturated texture ending in a lush finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/03/2012

Deeply colored, with intense freshness and juiciness to the blackberry, dark plum and raspberry tart flavors that extend with hints of cedar on the finish. Drink now through 2022.


External Review
02/10/2012

A fine, elegant bouquet. Intense dark chocolate and rich luscious black berry and cherry fruit aromas. Full, ripe, rounded fat fruit mouthful. Fills the mouth to bursting with juicy black fruit, liquourice and chocolate. A wine with lovely textural quality; velvety, smooth. The finish is full of flavor and wonderfully intense and long.



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A fine, elegant bouquet. Intense dark chocolate and rich luscious black berry and cherry fruit aromas. Full, ripe, rounded fat fruit mouthful. Fills the mouth to bursting with juicy black fruit, liquourice and chocolate. A wine with lovely textural quality; velvety, smooth. The finish is full of flavor and wonderfully intense and long.

Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage is a superior quality wines that has been aged longer that the younger Reserve Portos. The extra time inn the barrel allows greater complexity to develop. It is not a vintage port which is bottled only when it is 2 years old. These wines are bottled later between 4-6 years old; which is why they are called Late Bottled Vintage. The wonderful advantage over the famous vintage ports is that Late Bottle Vintages do not need to be cellared and are ready to drink. Fonseca use their pioneering piston fermenters for Late Bottled Vintages, for extra fruit extraction.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 5-6 years in a large wooden vat of approximately 25,000L litre size. Seasoned neutral wood is used to age the Port to ensure that no flavors from the wood alter the intense fruit flavors.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 20% pH: 3.62
Sugar: 97.6 grams per liter Total Acidity: 4.3 grams per liter

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