1963 Fonseca

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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 ε = epsilon.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 17:12 Mon 20 Jun 2016

30% opacity, mature red. Musty nose, bacterial? Some oranges behind all that. Oranges in the mouth, long aftertaste. Very very gentle heat at the end.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 20:59 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 5: Attractive appearance, very similar to the other bottles being tasted. Foul on the nose, unpleasant; not clear whether the bottle was suffering severe bottle stink or a bacterial infection. 90 minutes later it was clear that it was bottle stink and it was fading, although a swirl brought it back with a vengeance! Sweet fruit on the palate, baked cherries and light tannins, tannins which take a gentle grip when the port is worked with air. Hot elastic bands on the late palate, which carry through to the aftertaste and finish, despite the gentle dry tannins. 82/100. 15-Jun-16. Decanted 3½ hours.
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