Fonseca belongs in the first rank of Vintage Port houses. It is recognised for the stylistic consistency of its wines which have been made by five generations of the same family since the firm’s foundation in 1822. Fonseca Vintage Ports are noted for their expressive, luscious fruitiness, which develops great opulence and complexity with age, as well as a voluptuous roundness on the palate supported by velvety mouth-filling tannins.
This is gorgeously vibrant and grapey, with good cut to the luscious dark fruit and cedar flavors that are flanked by zesty acidity and tannins. A touch brooding midpalate, with a minerally rush and a finish of slate and iron. Best from 2016 through 2036. Rating: 95 Points; Wine Spectator
Smooth, ripe, aromatic nose is lush and rich, with ripe – almost creamy – blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. Very sweet on the palate yet lively, vibrant and fresh, showing broad texture and some appealing tannic grip. Fine grained yet firm tannins combine well with very sweet fruit. Rating: 94–96/100; Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
Spicy, dense fruit with an iron spine behind the richness, energy and sweetness in Fonseca’s robust style, 2019 -2039. Rating: 19 Points; Steven Spurrier, Decanter
A classic Fonseca, rich and powerful, with just an edge of weight from the vintage. Rating: 95 Points; Wine Enthusiast
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