Fonseca Vintage Port 1997

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93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense,...

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Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a s... Read more

...undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal... Read more

It's difficult to choose just one of the '94 Ports as my favorite, but I always have had a slight preference for the big, muscular style of Fonseca... Read more

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08/08/2011

Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a v... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1997 Fonseca Vintage Port 1500ml


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09/23/2010

...undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finis... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1997 Fonseca Vintage Port 1500ml


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

It's difficult to choose just one of the '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?


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/24/2013

His ’97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintage: It strikes a chord as the ultimate central Douro wine, the fat, round tone of a Fonseca chord, then its bandwidth begins to modulate, to expand and contract in waves of power, of fruit, spice and dried flowers. The color grows from its depth, while the surface of the wine remains smooth and impenetrable at first, merely wood scents, red fruits, streamlines and constrained. The spice is the first element to expand, stretching into higher tones, then the fat center of the wine expands into the pear-shaped glistening Port that Fonseca is destined to become. This wine is alive, its Douro spirit more complete and powerful than the sum of its individual parts.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca. Anticipated maturity: now–2020.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

David Guimaraens inherited the winemaking responsibilities for Fonseca and Taylor from his father Bruce, and anyone might assume that he lucked out with the andrsquo;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 andrsquo;97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintageandhellip;


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Saturated blackish purple. Full=bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately tannic. Violets, blackberry, chocolate. Flora; accents on the nose lead a heavyweight palate with a solid mouthful of tightly wound fruit flavors showing great generosity up front. Finish is dominated by imposing tannins. A long-term keeper.


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Winemaker's Notes:

93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): 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... structured for long, slow development in bottle.

93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): 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... structured for long, slow development in bottle.

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