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2016 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



2016 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews


Learn More About the 2016 Fonseca Vintage Port Through its Reviews.





2016 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling


“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.”


97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend that was not quite bottled when seen (set for a week later), but it was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. 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. To me, this is the best of the three 2016s from the Fladgate Group this issue (Croft and Taylor being the other two), thanks to its pure intensity, but time will tell if it becomes as sexy as I'm sure Taylor's will be. In the meanwhile, Fonseca looks like one of the greats of this vintage. Winemaker David Guimaraens said that 2016, the first declaration since 2011, was a cooler year with purity of fruit and less power compared to the muscular and concentrated 2011s. That is pretty obvious on tasting them. They are enchanting for their freshness, though. In the meanwhile, if you're looking for muscle, Fonseca delivers all you could want. It is one of the more powerful 2016s.”


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This bottling brings together a fine structure with great fruit to give a luscious wine that is also destined for long-term aging. With its ripe berry flavors sustained by some acidity, this is already balanced. Drink from 2028.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“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.”


96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2016 Fonseca Vintage Port began to be picked on 21 September at their Panascal vineyard, their Quinta do Cruzeira vineyard not picked until 6 October. It is deep, almost inky in colour. The bouquet is very intense with luscious black fruit laced with embers, clove, and hints of bay leaf. There is wonderful purity here and a broodiness that suggests you'd better be patient. The palate is sweet and lively on the entry with some gorgeous ginger and curry leaf notes littered over the compact black fruit. There is wonderful density to this Fonseca. It is like a coiled spring with so much energy towards the finish that you just know this will be a long-term prospect. Superb.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


97 Pointz Decanter


“Closed and withdrawn on the nose at this stage with an underlying dusting of ripe tannins evident. Firm, sweet cassis, and berry fruit, with classic dark chocolate intensity at the core, backed by broad yet tight-knit peppery tannins which lead to a big, grippy finish. Very fine with a hugely promising future ahead. Drinking Window 2035-2055.”


17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Dark crimson with a slightly chestnut hue. Very much a cloud rather than a rapier on the nose – hedonistic and ripe with masses of sweetness almost masking a rigorous corset of tannins. You really taste the heat here – but in a very ripe fruit way, not in a hot spirit way.”


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