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 ζ = zeta.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 17:17 Mon 20 Jun 2016

30% opacity, mature red. Velvety and syrupy, long finish, burnt orange.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 21:00 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 6: Subdued on the nose, but clearly suffering from bottle stink - a smell which faded over the 90 minutes the wine sat in the glass. Gentle fruit flavours come through on the entry, fruit which has been baked or perhaps even toasted. The fruit flavours grow well and fill the mid-palate with a lovely dryness to the core of the wine, although the whole is slightly dirty. The aftertaste is dry and shows smokey tannins which hold a good grip on the very long finish. 86/100. 15-Jun-16. Decanted 3½ hours.
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