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1977 Fonseca Vintage Port
Posted: 17:06 Sun 26 Aug 2007
tasted on 1st September 2007 in St. Helens. Tasted that evening were Fonseca 1920
, 1977, 1980
, and 2000
. Also see the review describing the evening as a whole
From the cellar of Uncle Tom
, bargain-basement at a mere £60.
Posted: 23:59 Sun 26 Aug 2007
Intact lead capsule which shows signs of a slightly swollen or raised cork.
The labels are badly cellar damaged but still mainly intact and legible. Fill level is 1cm into the neck and 3cm below the cork.
Posted: 12:27 Sat 01 Sep 2007
Decanted at 07:30 on 1 Sep 07. Cork came out intact. A lovely colour to this wine.
Posted: 01:27 Sun 02 Sep 2007
The lightest of the big ﬁve (the others being 1963, 1966, 1970, 1985), with blackcurrant on the nose. Thick and gooey, the texture being reminiscent of the 1966, but ready to drink. Less spice than 1963, 66, 70, but just as much fruit. Very fine, but—IMHO—not quite as excellent as the 63, 66, 70.
Posted: 23:24 Mon 24 Sep 2007
Nice colour and a perfect weight for drinking now. A beautiful port with a long, long finish
Posted: 23:34 Mon 24 Sep 2007
In my limited way, (Limited because I'm rubbish at notes, and quite forgetful), I would have to concur with the above.
Just to get things in perspective though, this was a beautiful Port. It would be a marvelous companion for 99% of nights or occasions. However, if you throw it in with 10 of its siblings, and the 63,66 and 85 were performing to the highest standard, you amazingly start thinking of its minor defects, rather than its undoubted strengths.
Posted: 09:05 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Gooey, definitely. Very fruity but less tannic and acidic than the other big vintages leaving it to stand on goo alone. This is no bad thing in itself but when compared with the 1963, 1966 and 1970 it seemed to lack a bit of depth. Great for drinking right now and if drunk on its own you'd probably say "Thish ish great, innit?" and it is.
I'm still waiting for a 100 point bottle of this, it has been blown out by the 1970 on all occasions now.