Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16Evolving red but not the most subtle to look at. Very sweet and almost minty/eucalypt. Very sweet start, almost syrupy, with some metallic spine to it that stops it being a great pleasure to drink. Still extremely tannic, and slightly hollow. I sometimes wonder whether I have a gene that prevents me from reading Fonseca vintage port.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93Fonseca 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 1977 has developed magnificently in the bottle, and while it clearly needs another decade to reach its summit, it is the best Fonseca since the 1970 and 1963.Drink Dates: 1999+Author: Robert ParkerIssue: Buying Guide, 2nd Edition
Wine Spectator | Rating: 100Until recently this wine was understated and closed. Now it has opened into a mammoth wine with so much fruit that it crushes your palate. Deep ruby, with ripe raspberry and cherry aromas, full-bodied, with layers of concentrated, sweet raspberry flavors, tons of tannin and an incredibly long finish. Perhaps as great as the '48.Drink Dates: 2008+Author: James SucklingIssue: Web Only - 2008
James Suckling | Rating: 100Vintage Port doesn't seem like the right wine in the middle of the summer but I had an Amarone producer for dinner the other night in Tuscany and he had never drunk a wine from his birth year. He was lucky enough to have been born in 1977 - a great Port year! I found a bottle of 1977 Fonseca in my cellar - probably my last. It was absolutely gorgeous. I gave this fortified wine a perfect score in its youth and I think it has finally evolved into its perfection as a mature vintage Port. Here is the tasting note. 1977 Fonseca Vintage Port: This is in total balance now with such harmony. What amazing aromas of berry and flowers. Full and sweet, the tannins are complete dissolved. The fruit is perfect. This goes on for minutes. Drink now. But it will go forever.Author: James SucklingIssue: 12 Jun, 2016
Self | Rating: 5A Great Port, drinking well now but will age forever. Evcellent, Grand Vin.Author: Andrew H
Self | Rating: 94At Talulahs table. The best port I have had in a long while. Rich, full and demanding to be savoredDrink Dates: 2010+Author: Ricknat1
Self | Rating: 98Intense bouquet with a lush, seductive character. An incredible vintage port that still has years to develop. Best Fonseca since the 1970 and 1963.Drink Dates: 2011-2020Author: NC
Self | Rating: 100Outstanding, drinking beautifully.Author: Bozo
Self | Rating: 98still my favirot vintage port. if you have never tried this port, do yourself a favor and get a bottle.Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: Behruz Nassre
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.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 1366 bottles owned
- 279 collectors
- Average collector rating: 98
(Out of 279 collectors)