2017 Fonseca, 12x375ml
Citrus, Bergamot and dark soy make for a highly complex nose. Loaded with red berries and cherries, plus a tantalising black pepper note. Racy acidity grabs the attention immediately. There are grippy but fine tannins and a streak of mineral salinity. This is structured and poised. Every bit the equal of the Taylor's quality and longevity but a very different take on the vintage. Keep for 4-5 decades or more.
Availability: In stock
Case size: 12 / Bottle size: 375ml
- Tasting Notes
Critics Score: 96-98
Publication: Mark Squires, Wine Advocate
Drinking Dates: 2030-2075
The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend (with typical grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca) aged for approximately 20 months in used French oak. It comes in with 98 grams of residual sugar, a little drier on paper than its Taylor sibling this year. Sappy and sensational in flavor and fruit, this seemingly has moderate tannins around the edges on first taste, velvety texture and a long finish. Despite the first impression of moderation, there is plenty of power here. As it got some aeration, it showed nothing but power and closed down fairly hard. The combination of great fruit and fine structure makes this a potentially great Fonseca, but right now it is obviously immature and not showing everything it has. I'd recommend some patience here.
- Product Description
Details2017 Fonseca, 12x375ml