1985 Fonseca

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1985 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 08:27 Tue 03 Jan 2017

By the glass (£8.75) from the Oxford & Cambridge Club. Deep red colour with an opaque centre. Spirity on the nose, smelling of slightly stewed fruit. Rich and deep entry with powerful dark fruit, reminding me of bruised black cherries and high cocoa milk chocolate. The chocolate tannins support the fruit and give nice structure. The palate has some good complexity but the overall impression is of a slightly stewed port. There is a lot of heat on the aftertaste and some painful levels of acidity, but these eventually settle down to a lovely sour cherry and dark chocolate finish of such tremendous length that I could still taste an hour later on the train on the way home. I suspect that this bottle had been decanted rather too long ago to be at its best, but it was still very enjoyable. 89/100. Drunk 06-Oct-16.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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