International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97($91) Saturated deep ruby. Brooding, reticent nose of cassis and kirsch; there's nothing cooked about this one! Then massive, sweet and superrich in the mouth; explodes with exotic ripeness. Intriguing note of graphite. This coats every nook and cranny of the palate and clings and builds on the back end in a way that no other wine of this vintage can match. Huge, sexy and wonderfully lush Fonseca, built for the long haul. As impressive as the best 2000s, and, along with the Quinta do Noval Nacional, is an early candidate for port of the 2003 vintage. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2006
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Dark crimson. Lifted, appetising note of putty on the nose. Very round and luscious. Pure pleasure and none of the angularity of some 2003s. But perhaps not as reticent as some vintage Fonsecas. Even a hint of coconut. Finishes just a teensy bit dry.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96Lots of grape and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy and lightly sweet. Serious concentration, with lots of grip on the finish. Just what to expect from a young Vintage Port. 12,000 cases made.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple trim, the 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port exhibits a nose of profound depth. Its sweet black mass of dark fruit and spice aromas leads to a character of immense depth, richness, and weight. Full-bodied, viscous, and almost impenetrable, this dense, backward port is powerful and exceptionally long in the finish. Possibly the most masculine Fonseca I've ever encountered, it coats the taster's palate with licorice, jammy black fruits, and notes of chocolate that last for over a minute. This blockbuster will require at least three decades to fully blossom.Author: Pierre Rovani
Self | Rating: 90Author: Mcaz
Self | Rating: 91Author: Steve M679
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2012-2040Author: Tom G165
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
- 1226 bottles owned
- 211 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 211 collectors)