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Fonseca Vintage Port 2009
93 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...ripe sweet prune and fig-tinged bouquet that is very precocious. Touches of smoke, raisin and dark plum begin to emerge... The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannins, luscious dark berried fruit, touches of pomegranate, fig and dates that lead to a gently grippy, persistent finish... (May 2011)
External Reviews for Fonseca Vintage Port
Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and itrsquo;s probably even better than that classic vintage mdash; more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Smells like fermenting berries, boasting loads of crushed grape, violets and berry character. Big, full-bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish. Tannic and huge, itrsquo;s a long-term, great Port. Best after 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.
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.
David Guimaraens inherited the winemaking responsibilities for Fonseca and Taylor from his father Bruce, and anyone might assume that he lucked out with the rsquo;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 rsquo;97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintagehellip;
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?
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.
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.