1963 Fonseca

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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jdaw1
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1963 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 12:13 Mon 13 Jun 2016

At Bonham’s on 18 February 2016 was sold most of a pipe of Fonseca 1963, not moved since original purchase (lots 324 to 343).

So, on Wednesday 15th June 2016, we gathered in the Boot & Flogger to compare six of these, which were joined by a selection of other English-bottled Vintage Ports.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 12:30 Mon 13 Jun 2016

This Fonseca 1963 is β = beta.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 17:07 Mon 20 Jun 2016

30% opacity, mature red. Caramel nose with mature dried fruits. Lovely smooth entry, gentle heat, fruit a bit more dried out than delta. Nice long aftertaste.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 20:42 Sat 02 Jul 2016

One of the 36 bottles sourced from the pipe sold at Bonhams in February 2016, which had been bottled and stored under identical conditions. 6 bottles with the same fill (top shoulder) were opened and tasted together to investigate the extent of bottle variation in mature port.

Bottle 2: Same appearance as bottle 1. Restrained nose with some vague sour fruit that didn't change much over the course of 90 minutes in the glass. Neutral on entry, lightly flavoured; gentle at first but the fruit flavour builds well on the mid-palate. Slightly sour, very fruity and surprisingly elegant in structure. A delicious and long finish. This is lovely port, spot on for drinking now. 91/100. 15-Jun-16. Decanted 3½ hours.
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