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1994 Fonseca Vintage Port

PORTUGAL / PORTO/DOURO /
  • 97 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Port Blend

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SKU: 50250-1994

This item is available by the case only

Total:
$89.95

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and it's probably even better than that classic vintage--more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Smells like fermenting berries, boasting loads of crushed grape, violet and berry character. Big, full-bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish. Tannic and huge, it's a long-term, great Port. 8,000 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2012+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Apr 30, 1997 Top 100: 1997, Rank: 1
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    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 huge 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.
    Drink Dates: 2002 - 2035
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 107
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Very closed in comparison with the 1995 Guimaraens - stately and dense. Hints of spice, fruit-cake, violets and blossom. Pure, focused, very ripe and youthful - beautiful red fruit preserve flavours, and impressive length. Still extremely young and hasn't even begun to hint at much secondary character on the palate yet.ÿ(RH)
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • Anonymous | Rating: 98

    Author: JMGL
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: jimc
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Beautiful, elegant and balanced port. As near to perfection as I have ever tasted!!
    Author: iamawineguy
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Black as night with a full and alcoholic nose of cigar ash, candied plums, spices, and some raisins. Thick and rich with palate staining tannin. Tastes more hot than it has in the past. Lasts and lasts with a very attractive burnt marshmallow aftertaste.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating:

    Drank at Yosemite
    Author: Jess R
  • Self | Rating: 100

    It must be a 100, never had anything so rich, subtle and delicious.
    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Karl L
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.

Discover the very best wines from the top producers in this region.

The Douro—the port-producing region of Portugal—has a warm continental climate, though weather patterns year over year vary significantly. Growers need to manage frost and heavy rainfall in the spring, followed by high temperatures and drought conditions throughout the growing season. As in Champagne, blending across varieties and vintages is the only way for port producers to maintain consistency in their style over time, and in the best years a vintage is declared.

Port blends are composed of many indigenous varieties, all with thick skin, high tannin, and black fruit and floral aromas. The most important varieties for the best-quality wines are Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Cão. Port blends are fortified by the addition of a neutral spirit before fermentation ends, raising the alcohol level to approximately 20% abv and leaving behind residual sugar. The best examples are extremely concentrated with grippy tannins and can age for decades in bottle. Look to the houses of Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca, and Quinta do Noval for some of the best-quality wines.

The perfect port pairing varies based on style. Late-bottled vintage (LBV) ports pair best with cheese and chocolate. The concentrated flavor profile and high tannin of vintage ports match well with buttery and tangy flavors, including the classic Stilton blue cheese pairing, dark chocolate, figs, and walnut. Oxidized tawny port lacks fruit and displays aromas of nuts, dried apricots, toffee, and caramel. It pairs naturally with nut-forward dishes such as pecan pie, biscotti, pies and crème brûlée.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 4205 bottles owned
  • 423 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 423 collectors)