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2000 Fonseca - Vintage Port

PORTUGAL / PORTO/DOURO /
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Port Blend
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SKU: 50250-2000-750-1A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2000 Fonseca continues to exude finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice and a touch of sloes, perhaps as Adrian Bridge remarked, just beginning to close after ten years in bottle. The palate is underpinned by very fine tannins, a sensual, svelte texture with wonderful acidity. The harmony and symmetry is alluring, the finish precise and demonstrating the persistency to suggest a long future ahead. Drink 2020-2060.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($81) Saturated medium-deep ruby. Exotic aromas of black fruit liqueur, road tar, smoked meat and hot stones; this reminded me of a great ripe-year Hermitage. Hugely rich and dense, with compelling sweetness and pliancy but also sound framing acidity. Extremely youthful and very long on the aftertaste. Finishes with suave but strong tannins and excellent grip and thrust. Like the best examples of the vintage, this won't injure your palate if you broach a bottle today, but it's structured for extended aging. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2003
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Exceptionally dark crimson. Luscious prunes in Armagnac on the nose. Well integrated and very hedonistic. Super luscious but with a real structure to it. Dry liquorice finish. Very dry finish indeed actually but pretty promising for the future.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Fabulous nose of crushed raspberries, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied and velvety, with superclean fruit and a long finish. Beauty. Very harmonious for Fonseca. 12,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Dark red purple colored wine with thin slow moving moderately pigmented legs. Surprisingly accessible nose of green apple, maple syrup, dark fruits, and heat. Smooth and suave in the mouth with good fruit, apparently light tannins, and only average sweetness. The wine finishes sooner than I would expect. Quite a fine early drinking rather approachable port. Drink 2010 to 2025. 2000 seems more and more to me to be only an above average year that is benefiting from the 2000 designation.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Daniel B
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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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

  • 1454 bottles owned
  • 279 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 279 collectors)