Fonseca Port Vintage 2003

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Fonseca vintage ports are renowned for their great fruit richness and voluptuousness, and, while powerful and mouthfi...

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One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, wit... Read more

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... Read more

Magnificent Fonseca, this vintage is perfectly in tune with the density of fruit Bruce Guimaraens manages to pack into a bottle. That harmony of vi... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, with a flashy display of jammy cassis, pepper, licorice, and truffles, this port is an attention-grabber. Awesomely rich, and full-bodied, with superb length, richness, and overall balance, it possesses a hugh mid-palate, layers of flavor, an unctuous texture, and a blockbuster finish. Everything is in place, with the brandy and tannin well-integrated, even concealed by the masses of fruit and glycerin. This wine will drink fabulously well at age ten, but keep for up to thirty years. Anticipated maturity: 2002ndash;2035.


External Review
02/07/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Magnificent Fonseca, this vintage is perfectly in tune with the density of fruit Bruce Guimaraens manages to pack into a bottle. That harmony of vintage and house style raises Fonseca to the top levels of rsquo;94. Tasters often imagine wines to have a physical shape, an impression of flavor intensity and depth over time, from the initial attack to the finish. Irsquo;ve often been fascinated by the shapes Taylor and Fonseca wines have taken on in my own taste memory. Both are made under the direction of Bruce Guimaraens, but the core fruit sources of each wine, and their subsequence styles are completely different. Fonseca, blended from grapes in the central Cima Corgo region of the Douro, reminds me of a curvaceous pear, round and ever more succulent as it ripens towards maturity. Fonsecarsquo;s rsquo;94 has that beautiful shape, on a monumental scale. The power of its fruit and tannin is not blunt, but makes itself apparent in the way the wine maintains its perfect balance and form at such a scale.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Young vintages of Taylor, with a large share of its blend coming from the firmrsquo;s Quinta do Vargellas in the arid Douro Superior, often remind me of a tightly wound steel cord which slowly loosens as the years pass. Fonseca, blended from grapes in the central Cima Corgo region of the Douro, takes a different shape altogether. It reminds me of a curvaceous pear, round and ever more succulent as it ripens toward maturity. Fonsecarsquo;s rsquo;94 has that beautiful shape, on a monumental scale. The power of its fruit and tannin is not blunt, but makes itself apparent in the way the wine maintains its perfect balance and form at such a scale. A centennial Port.


External Review
05/13/2011

...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 exceptiona... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Itrsquo;s difficult to choose just one of the rsquo;94 Ports as my favorite, but I always have had a slight preference for the big, muscular style of Fonseca. This is the best Fonseca since the stunning 1977, which I already rated 100 points. Is it possible to rate a wine 101?


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

Voluptuous, warm and black, this wine follows a simple line even as it grows increasingly dynamic with air. The fruit is smooth and grapey, starting from a dark, stony scent of broken schist and then pouring out full and lithe. Smoky tannins, melding with the alcohol into a licorice ripeness, seem to brighten the finish, adding to the lift of the fruit. The natural simplicity of the balance should allow this to develop for decades.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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.

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