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1985 Fonseca - Vintage Port

PORTUGAL / PORTO/DOURO /
  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 17 JR
  • Variety
    Port Blend
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SKU: 50250-1985-750-0
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Deep crimson with ruby overtones. Youthful and very rich and unformed. Lively, with floral notes and still some tannins on the end. Slightly hot. Big and briary, slightly cheesy. Dry and a bit simple on the end.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989) | Rating: 90

    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 1985 looks to be one of the top successes of the vintage, yet I believe both the superb 1983 and the otherworldly 1977 are far superior. Dense ruby/purple with the Oriental spice-box aroma, the 1985 is an expansive, sweet, broadly flavored wine with outstanding depth, concentration, and balance. It finishes with a solid lashing of alcohol and tannin.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry. It is not quite as complex as the aromatics, with dates and dried fig, the finish mellow and refined. It is very elegant for a Fonseca, weighty but supremely well focused. This is a fabulous Fonseca that is ready to drink now, but will age for another 30 or 40 years. Drink now-2030+.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Very dark and youthful ruby-purple. Very intense aromas of blackberry and black licorice. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with chewy tannins and a rich licorice, blackberry undertone. Still tight. Drinkable now, but it needs a few more years. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Best after 2010.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Still lots of forward fruit with little tannin. Taste lingers. Will continue to drink well for many years.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2020
    Author: Charles M71
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

  • 835 bottles owned
  • 184 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 184 collectors)