1994 Fonseca - Vintage Port 750ml

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JR 17+   WA 97   WS 100   RH 98   Customer 99
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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. (RH)

Drink Dates: 2018-2038
Author: Richard Hemming

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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

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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

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For The Love of Port | Rating: 98

Totally black/purple in color showing wild flowers, lush violets and a mild lactic nuance on the nose. As much as I liked the 1985 this was another breed altogether. It has a more classic Fonseca structure and poise, given its decade in the bottle. Dense, chewy blackberry flavors that tail off to the plum spectrum and provide waves of juicy, ripe fruit that is filled with glycerin. This Fonseca 1994 is a tannic monster which is atypical of how this has shown in the past when I've found it more approachable. It finished with gobs of mouth filling viscous Porty flavors - and brought a smile to my face. TOP HONORS of the tasting; with twenty+ more years before it will truly offer up its best showing!

Author: Roy Hersh

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 04/25/2013

Rating: 100
Author: Karl L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/29/2012
Drink Dates: 2020
It must be a 100, never had anything so rich, subtle and delicious.

Rating: 98
Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 04/24/2011

Rating: 99
Author: iamawineguy
Tasted On: 10/16/2010
Beautiful, elegant and balanced port. As near to perfection as I have ever tasted!!

Rating: 99
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/04/2010

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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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