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This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple color, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, l...Read more...
Although I have had this VP only a handful of times in the past, it was the first bottle I’ve ever opened from my own cellar. Decanted for 7 hours,... Read more
excellent .. i like de sweet taste! Read more
Fonseca has scored in both the 1991 and 1992 vintages. The 1992 is a majestic young port that should ultimately rival, perhaps even surpass this ho... Read more
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Although I have had this VP only a handful of times in the past, it was the first bottle I’ve ever opened from my own cellar. Decanted for 7 hours, and consumed over the following three. Very dark ruby in color. Scents of dark cherry, cedar and anise load the glass. Closer to medium-bodied than a heavy weight with a smooth mouthfeel that is not silky. The palate offers semi-sweet, approachable blackcurrant and plum flavors with some licorice and chocolate intertwined on the slightly spirituous but otherwise lengthy finish. Although the structure is solid the tannins are round and are only perceptible on the finish. Not the blockbuster I was expecting. This still needs five years at a minimum to have the alcohol integrate more and will really start to drink well when it hits 25 years of age, with plenty of longevity from there. Approximately $100 at retail today.
excellent .. i like de sweet taste!
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Fonseca has scored in both the 1991 and 1992 vintages. The 1992 is a majestic young port that should ultimately rival, perhaps even surpass this house's most recent great efforts (1985, 1977, 1970, 1963). This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly o... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1992 Fonseca Vintage Port 375ml
Fonseca's rich, Cima Corgo style creates a sleek and supple 2007, a wine that's both generous in its bosky richness of flavor and sophisticated in its detail. Oak softens and rounds it into a savory chocolate cake with layers of black cherry and orange citrus, the tannins more graphite firm than schisty hard. This may well be accessible at an early age, perhaps 12 to 15 years from the vintage, while it has the substance to last for 40 or more.
The best Fonseca since the perfect 1977. Intense cassis, violet and plum aromas. Full-bodied, medium sweet and bursting at the seams with fruit and tannins. A wine of great mass and concentration. Try in 2005.
A subtle yet powerful young Vintage Port, with freshly sliced plum, citrus and mulberry on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a solid core of powerful tannins and a long, balanced finish. So tight and reserved. Muscularly structured. Best after 2017.
This is a beauty right now. Violet in color, scent and texture, Fonseca uses all the plumpness of the vintage to best advantage. It glistens with freshness, with long, dark fruit flavors held in place almost invisibly by the persistence of tannin. The schisty scent of smoke off broken rock gives the structure its electricity, and, with the freshness of the fruit, will sustain the wine for decades. Drink 2028-2043.
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 '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. I'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. Fonseca's '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.
David Guimaraens inherited the winemaking responsibilities for Fonseca and Taylor from his father Bruce, and anyone might assume that he lucked out with the '94 vintage, his first solo release. Neither Guimaraens, however, is prone to rely on luck. As part of the Taylor/Fonseca team, Bruce worked tirelessly to perfect the styles of his Vintage wines, and David may just be the guy to take these remarkable wines beyond their current stature. His '97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintage...
This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple color, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, licorice, chocolate, and spices. Extremely full-bodied and unctuously-textured, this multilayered, enormously-endowed port reveals a finish that last for over a minute. It is a magnificent port that will age well for over 30-40 years. The best Fonseca since the perfect 1977. Intense cassis, violet and plum aromas. Full-bodied, medium sweet and bursting at the seams with fruit and tannins. A wine of great mass and concentration.
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