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1970 Fonseca - Vintage Port

PORTUGAL / PORTO/DOURO /
  • 96 WS
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Port Blend
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SKU: 50250-1970-750-3A
  • Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989) | Rating: 93

    Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, it excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. When it is young, it often loses out in blind tastings to the heavier, weightier, more tannic wines, but I always find myself upgrading my opinion of Fonseca after it has had 7-10 years of age. The 1970, of course, is a powerful Fonseca with an exotic bouquet and lush, creamy, multidimensional flavors.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Very deep crimson only just turning to ruby. Sweet - much more concentrated and vigorous than most. Very big and bold and impressive. A certain wild gaminess on the nose. Perhaps not the most subtle but certainly arresting. Rather too hard on the finish at the moment and, apparently, merely in middle age. You?ve got to admire it? Definite alcohol on the finish. A little bit exhibitionistic.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 1997-2021
    Author: rhwinecellar
  • Self | Rating: 97

    ripe cherry in the most beautiful wrapper ... one of the best ports I have had in a while...
    Author: dwdorman
Fonseca's wines have been created by family winemakers throughout the years, using traditional stone lagares to produce their top quality vintage port. Today's winemaking team is looking to employ new technologies such as piston paddle vats, known as "port-toes," to improve the quality of its non-vintage port wines. David Guimaraens, sixth generation Guimaraens, is the current winemaker and strives to maintain the house's "quest for quality, complexity and structure" as well as its prominent position in the world market.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 555 bottles owned
  • 162 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 162 collectors)