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Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews


Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



Learn More About Fonseca Vintage Port Through its Reviews.







2017 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews


98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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.”


98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“The wine's fine perfumed black plum fruits give a wonderful jammy character while bringing out a fresh edge. These are balanced by the dry core of this beautiful wine with its rich, generous tannins. It will all come together from 2030 in a very fine, integrated wine.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Dark and dense, with fig bread, baker’s chocolate, and tar notes leading off before the core flavors of plum, black currant, and blackberry paste finally start to emerge. The wild, spirited finish shows cast iron, licorice snap, and roasted alder elements, delivering a decidedly chewy feel. A big, old-school, throwback Port that will age at a glacial pace.”


95 Pointz James Suckling


“Ripe and soft with loads of plummy, smoky and earthy character. Full body. Very sweet. Round and very soft textured. Flavorful finish.”


95 Pointz Vinous


“Picking began at Quinta do Panascal on September 6, the two other quintas in Pinhão that form the 2017 Fonseca Vintage Port, Cruzeiro and Santo António picked on 10 and 17 September respectively. One of the deepest, most opaque color amongst the new Port alumni, it has one of the most backward, almost recalcitrant noses that demands a lot of aeration. It gradually opens to reveal blackberry, melted tar, thyme, clove, and violet aromas that are well defined, if maybe just missing the same breeding as Taylor’s. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is fresh and detailed, a slightly more structured Fonseca than expected, quite strict at first with good grip and a lightly spiced, precise finish. Powerful and long on the aftertaste, you can feel this Fonseca 60 seconds after the wine has exited. It deserves 10-15 years in bottle. Excellent, but patience required. The most enigmatic of the 2017 Vintage Ports.”


94 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This wine contrasts sunny black-cherry lusciousness with sous bois shadows of schist, black mushroom, and conifer. Then there’s the dark-chocolate freshness that pegs it as a Vale Mendiz classic, grown in the hills above Pinhão. The arid year lent tar-black earthiness, and the oak is a little prominent right now, but neither impinges on the wine’s clear identity. My last note after three days of blind tasting: “I’d like to own that.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


95 Pointz Decanter


“Already beautifully integrated, this is showing great purity and poise. It's open and in its first bloom of youth, with lovely aromatic red berry fruit and floral aromas, plus a touch of leafiness. It's soft and fleshy initially, seemingly not as big as its stablemate Taylor's - and not quite so deep in colour - though with dark chocolate concentration and mid-palate firmness. Lovely full, ripe tannins mass in the mouth, well defined, with fresh berry fruit remerging on the broad, expansive finish.”


17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Quinta do Panascal was the first Fonseca property to start picking on 6 September. The two Pinhão Valley estates, Cruzeiro and Santo António, followed on 10 and 17 September – the earliest picking dates in a generation. Touriga Nacional , Touriga Francesa , Tinto Cão , Tinta Roriz , Tinta Barroca. TA 4.1 g/l, pH 3.9, RS 98 g/l. 8,100 bottles. Deepest purple. Wild, perfectly ripe small black berries like elderberry but also the lush sweetness of ripe blackberries plus a stony, rocky edge and just a touch charry. Lush, plush, and exotic on the palate, deep-pile, compact, smooth tannins, just enough freshness to balance the rich generosity. The finish is beautifully dry-tasting, the tannins melting on the long finish.”



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.”


2011 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone, and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused, and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced.”


98 Pointz Wine Spectator

#13 Top 100 Wines of 2014


“Massive, concentrated, and powerful, this offers lush, heady flavors of dark plum, blackberry, and cherry tart, with touches of anise. Shows plenty of grip as well, featuring a long, rich finish of dark chocolate, toffee, and cream. Best from 2040 through 2060.”


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“A powerful, spicy wine, luscious in its peppered berry fruits and sweet tannins. The structure is dramatic, offering a smooth texture as well as a drier core. With its weight, density, and dark, final character. This is a wine for serious aging.”


96 Pointz Vinous


“Bright, saturated dark ruby. Spectacularly multifaceted nose combines high-pitched medicinal cherry, briary black raspberry, pungent menthol, dried herbs, incense, Indian spices, and a whiff of passion fruit. Boasts great creamy depth and vinosity to its black raspberry and licorice flavors, with huge sweetness buffered by spicy minerality. The note of passion fruit carries through on the palate. Really reverberates on the back end, finishing with powerful tannins and a rising whiplash of flavor. This got better and better with extended aeration, with the tannins making it obvious that it will be extremely long-lived.”


95 Pointz James Suckling


“Very grapy and leafy with hints of spices on the nose. Full body, medium sweet with fine, chewy tannins. Powerful, long finish with nuts and shaved chocolate. This young Fonseca has grip. 6,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2022.”


95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“David Guimaraens blends this wine from three vineyards, the style focused on Cima Corgo suppleness from fruit at Panascal in the Távora Valley, along with Cruziero and Santo António in the Pinhão Valley. The 2011 is hugely powerful, presenting a solid wall of schist tannins with the gentleness of perfect ripeness. The wine shows no seams, just a vast, dynamic blackness, a meaty, tarry, berry fruit drama that will play out for decades.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


19.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Heady, opulent nose. Completely enveloping, Smells as though there is going to be the most fabulous texture. Wow! All stops pulled out for this one. It's all absolutely gorgeous intensity of sweet fruit on the front palate and then gradually the schist and structure reveal themselves. This is really wonderful stuff. So tempting to sip it decades before it is ready.”




2009 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“A classic Fonseca, rich and powerful, with just an extra edge of weight from the vintage. It has a dry character, a tannic edge that gives great promise, but the open-hearted fruit is all there. A wonderfully intense wine for aging.”




95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“Gorgeous vibrant and grapey, with good cut to the luscious dark fruit and cedar flavors that are flanked by zesty acidity and tannins. A touch brooding midpalate, with a minerally rush and a finish of slate and iron. Best from 2016 through 2036.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The Fonseca 2009 has a very sweet typically opulent bouquet of black plum, blackberry, chimney soot, and a touch of pencil shavings that is very complex and alluring. The palate is full-bodied with powerful ripe blackberry, allspice, clove, and balsamic notes, a rolling powerful, assertive Fonseca with a sweet, dark chocolate-tinged finish that gripes the mouth, but it needs two decades to mellow and demonstrate the finesse to balance the intensity. This is a wonderful 2009 Vintage Port, though I suspect that the 2011 will ultimately prove even better. Tasted May 2013.”



2007 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews




96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Dense and serious, a powerful vintage, as would be expected from Fonseca. The whole emphasis of the wine pushes the tannins forward, but this structure is based on black plums with dark fruit skins and a solid, chunky character. The finish is juicy and bold.”


95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2007 Fonseca is maturing nicely, with a perfumed, high toned, rich bouquet of macerated black cherries, blueberry, creme de cassis, and vanilla. The palate is very harmonious with plush dark cherry fruit, fresh fig, salted licorice, and a supple, rounded, spicy finish that delivers wonderful purity and length. This is a sexy Fonseca, perhaps more generous and alluring than the 2009 – a quintessential Fonseca that should peak in 15-20 years time.”


94 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Fonseca's rich, Cima Corgo style creates a sleek and supple 2007, a wine that's both generous in its bosky richness of flavor and sophisticated in its detail. Oak softens and rounds it into a savory chocolate cake with layers of black cherry and orange citrus, the tannins more graphite firm than schisty hard. This may well be accessible at an early age, perhaps 12 to 15 years from the vintage, while it has the substance to last for 40 or more.”


94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A subtle yet powerful young Vintage Port, with freshly sliced plum, citrus, and mulberry on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a solid core of powerful tannins and a long, balanced finish. So tight and reserved. Muscularly structured. Best after 2017.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Dark ruby/crimson. Heady nose – crystallised violets and massive intensity. Firm tannins lurking under massive sweetness and a strong floral element. Lots of mass but not beefy. Very fine tannins so not quite ready yet. Big and bold.”




2003 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



97 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Brooding, reticent nose of cassis and kirsch; there's nothing cooked about this one! Then massive, sweet, and superrich in the mouth; explodes with exotic ripeness. Intriguing note of graphite. This coats every nook and cranny of the palate and clings and builds on the back end in a way that no other wine of this vintage can match. Huge, sexy, and wonderfully lush Fonseca, built for the long haul. As impressive as the best 2000s, and, along with the Quinta do Noval Nacional, is an early candidate for port of the 2003 vintage.”




97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Fonseca vintage Ports are always among the most attractive and long-lived. This 2003 conforms magnificently to that model. It is structured, rich, powerful, and opulent. There are cassis and black fig flavors, as well as sweet tannins. It is delicious already, and will remain delicious throughout its long life.”


96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Lots of grape and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy, and lightly sweet. Serious concentration, with lots of grip on the finish. Just what to expect from a young Vintage Port.”



95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This is a beauty right now. Violet in color, scent, and texture, Fonseca uses all the plumpness of the vintage to best advantage. It glistens with freshness, with long, dark fruit flavors held in place almost invisibly by the persistence of tannin. The schisty scent of smoke off broken rock gives the structure its electricity, and, with the freshness of the fruit, will sustain the wine for decades.”


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2003 Vintage Port comes in with 92 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a big boy in terms of voluptuous fruit, but (at least as double decanted overnight), it is drinkable now, even if it still tightens noticeably as it sits in the glass. Make no mistake, though—it is nowhere near peak. This rather dry Fonseca is big and fat, yet there is also some concept of balance here, surprisingly. This very warm vintage wasn't exactly shy. The concentration easily counters the power, and it steadily acquired better balance as it sat and aired. In terms of complexity, there's no there there yet, if you'll allow the Gertrude Stein summary. In that sense, at least, it is far too young and needs another decade. Winemaker David Guimaraens told me that he thinks his grandchildren will be able to enjoy it, so there is no rush. Cellar this for another decade, at the least, more like 20 years if you like them softer and more complex. This will still improve, but it has some more questions to answer in the cellar.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Intense but obtuse. Beyond dark fruit and a few hints of violets, not much on the nose. Dark chocolate, savoury tones yet siren-esque rich fruit that holds enormous promise.”



2000 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2000 Fonseca continues to exude finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice, and a touch of sloes, perhaps as Adrian Bridge remarked, just beginning to close after ten years in bottle. The palate is underpinned by very fine tannins, a sensual, svelte texture with wonderful acidity. The harmony and symmetry is alluring, the finish precise and demonstrating the persistency to suggest a long future ahead.”


96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This has matured, with flavors of red and black currant preserves that have stretched out, while bramble, anise, red and black tea, and singed alder notes fill in through the plush yet well-defined finish. Gorgeous and on point now, but there's some serious latent depth here for those who want to push it further.”


95 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Saturated medium-deep ruby. Exotic aromas of black fruit liqueur, road tar, smoked meat, and hot stones; this reminded me of a great ripe-year Hermitage. Hugely rich and dense, with compelling sweetness and pliancy but also sound framing acidity. Extremely youthful and very long on the aftertaste. Finishes with suave but strong tannins and excellent grip and thrust. Like the best examples of the vintage, this won't injure your palate if you broach a bottle today, but it's structured for extended aging.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Exceptionally dark crimson. Luscious prunes in Armagnac on the nose. Well integrated and very hedonistic. Super luscious but with a real structure to it. Dry liquorice finish. Very dry finish indeed actually but pretty promising for the future.”




1997 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



93 Pointz Robert Parker Wine Advocate


“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.”


93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“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.:


91 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Shows maturity, with brown bread, melted licorice, and espresso notes, carried by a fine-grained structure that allows toffee, toasted sesame, and caramel notes to fill in easily on the finish. You can easily drink this now, but the elegance and balance will hold for a bit.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



93 Pointz Decanter


“A declaration rather over-shadowed by 1994 and looking good value against its peers. Open, ripe berry fruit aromas come singing from the glass; rich plummy flavours on the palate, ripe and fleshy, wrapped by firm yet ripe tannins that linger on to the finish.”




1994 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews


100 Pointz Wine Spectator

No. 1 Top 100 Wines of 1997

Cellar Selection


“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.”


97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


98 Pointz Decanter


“Tight knit – not giving much away on the nose, but silky fruit is underlying. Pure berry fruit palate initially with a super-fine tannic superstructure rising in the mouth, revealing its freshness and purity on a really beautifully defined finish. There is great architecture here.”



1992 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Fonseca has scored in both the 1991 and 1992 vintages. The 1992 is a majestic young port that should ultimately rival, perhaps even surpass this house's most recent great efforts (1985, 1977, 1970, 1963). This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple color, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, licorice, chocolate, and spices. Extremely full-bodied and unctuously-textured, this multi-layered, enormously-endowed port reveals a finish that lasts for over a minute. It is a magnificent port that will age well for 30-40 years.”


94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Intensely fruity on the nose, with lots of blackberry and violet. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with slightly astringent tannins and a medium finish. Silky. Still very tight. Needs time.”




1985 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes, and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry. It is not quite as complex as the aromatics, with dates and dried fig, the finish mellow and refined. It is very elegant for a Fonseca, weighty but supremely well focused. This is a fabulous Fonseca that is ready to drink now, but will age for another 30 or 40 years.”


93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Very dark and youthful ruby-purple. Very intense aromas of blackberry and black licorice. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with chewy tannins and a rich licorice, blackberry undertone. Still tight.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


91 Pointz Decanter


“The best wine from a difficult decade for Port. Still youthful on the nose; gently perfumed floral character. Sweet, fleshy palate with gentle, berry fruit backed by peppery tannic grip. Dry finish.”



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Deep garnet colour. Leathery ripeness dominates the nose, which is smoky and lightly gamey. The fruit still has excellent presence on both nose and palate, but the spice-box notes now overtake the fresher fruit tones. The sweetness is perfectly measured, rounding the edges and softening the tannins. More leather, clove, and nutmeg linger on a very long finish. Ready, but with a long life ahead.”



1977 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews


100 Pointz Wine Spectator


“What a Vintage Port. Dark ruby center, with a dark garnet edge. Aromas of flowers, blackberry, and licorice. Subtle and complex. Wow. What a palate. Full, concentrated, and rich, yet balanced and beautiful. Solid and sleepy. Still not giving all it has to give. This is just coming around. Gorgeous and classy. Love it.”


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, it excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. When it is young, it often loses out in blind tastings to the heavier, weightier, more tannic wines, but I always find myself upgrading my opinion of Fonseca after it has had 7-10 years of age. The 1977 has developed magnificently in the bottle … it is the best Fonseca since the 1970 and 1963.”


1970 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews

96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich, and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar, and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins.”


95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Tasted at the Vintners Company’s 650th anniversary celebration at Vintners Hall, the Fonseca 1970 was the finest bottle I have encountered. The bouquet opens beautifully with heady scents of clove, ginger, small red cherries, bergamot, and allspice, displaying exquisite definition and harmony. The palate follows suit with lovely balance and poise in the mouth, notes of kirsch, shaved ginger and walnut building to an opulent, viscous finish that lacquers the mouth. Yet this bottle shows more control than the bottle tasted four years ago. The 1970 Fonseca is in a very nice place at the moment. You should join it.”


17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Mid brick-tawny. A meaty hint, with dark chocolate, fig, and praline. Rich but with an underlying elegance and sophistication. Great length and lots of depth.”


1963 Fonseca Vintage Port Reviews


98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A grand slam. Deep ruby with a slightly red edge, intense black cherry and raspberry nose, full-bodied, with masses of fruit, full tannins, and an extremely long finish. This can age indefinitely.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This example was bottled in Porto and remained in the house’s bin until this tasting. The 1963 Vintage Port has a dark russet color. The nose is beautifully defined, perhaps this particular bottle less exuberant than other that I have encountered. It offers walnut, small cherries, juniper berries, and a touch of spirit that expands in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful balance and fine tannins. It has tremendous weight matched by nigh perfect acidity. It is very harmonious, almost honeyed towards the finish with hazelnut and cloves infusing the decayed fruit and hints of menthol on the spicy aftertaste. This is a sublime Fonseca that will last another two or three decades with ease.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


95 Pointz Decanter


“A satisfyingly ripe bouquet that spans fresh plum and fig cassis jam with hints of liquorice, earth and leather. The aroma has something savoury about it, but the ripe, dense fruit dominates and carries the day. The sweetness is balanced but still true to the lush house style, and the alcohol does not stand out. The wine drinks today as one imagines it was intended to, with no element dominating the wine, and the whole providing a lovely way to finish a meal. There is no sign of flagging here.”


19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Gorgeous, sweet, long and reverbant, surely drunk at the ideal time in its long evolution. Quite thrilling.”


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