Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca. Anticipated maturity: now-2020. (RP)
Full saturated ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense, thick and tactile, with superb depth of flavor and compelling juicy sweetness. Finishes with powerful tannins and superb grip. Not as flamboyantly aromatic as this wine normally is in its youth, but structured for long, slow development in bottle. (ST)
Very fruity, with currant and violet aromas. Subtle on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied and medium sweet, with silky tannins and a clean finish. Very like a claret. Tight. Give it a little time to open. This has always been a little disappointing. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Best after 2008. (JS, Web-2008)
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