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. *1997 Wine of the Year and Cellar Selection* (JS)
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. (RP)
Very deep in colour, with a restrained, underlying fruit nose, brooding yet ripe: not giving away much. Soft and ripe initially with big structured tannins building in the mouth, and leading to a massive peacock’s tail of a finish. Still not showing to its full potential; needs five more years in bottle and will be very fine. (RM)
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) 17+/20 points
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