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.
Heavy rain in April and May ended the drought, but also upset the flowering and fruit set, so the yields were low, but the quality impeccable. The colour is an immediate come-on, the bouquet with an exotic mix of flowers, herbs and black fruits - both cherry and berry - but doesn't warn you of the sheer intensity of the fusion of fruit, acidity and tannins on the palate of extraordinary length and immaculate balance. Drink to: 2046; Price: $280.00; Alcohol: 20.5%; Rating: 98 Points; James Halliday, Wine Companion
Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive. Drink in 2025. Rating: 98 Points; James Suckling
This leads in with bramble, spearmint and blueberry notes, with the energy extending through the core of dark plum, blackberry and fig fruit. The finish features a strong graphite spine, allowing this to draw deep water, but this remains stylish in feel overall. Best from 2030 through 2055. Rating: 97 Points; Wine Spectator
This Fonseca is remarkably expressive, lifted and gloriously fresh. It has good concentration but some years have had more and seemed sexier. However, the most notable feature is the structure. It is very impressive in structure, that classic Port power and firmness coming to the fore and overshadowing the rest at the moment. This is very tight and very unevolved. Don't even think of buying it if you aren't prepared to cellar it. The 2030 start date that I have will not be even close to late enough if you want harmony and complexity. Fonseca looks like one of the greats of this vintage. Rating: 96-98 Points; Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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