1985 Fonseca

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1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 19:19 Fri 17 Apr 2009

As part of the plan to drink JDAW’s US-located port, a tasting of Taylor, Fonseca, Warre was held on Saturday 18th April 2009 at Petite Abeille, 401 East 20th Street at First Avenue, NY 10010-7501.

Links:This thread is to hold tasting notes and comments on the Fonseca 1985.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 04:51 Sat 18 Apr 2009

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 15:10 Sat 18 Apr 2009

Decanted 09:45. The colour was pantone Fonseca 1985; nose a little subdued but with dark fruit; taste showing newly-decanted F85 astringency.

Previous bottle from this batch of F85 had TCA: hopefully a repeat isn’t heralded by the ‟nose a little subdued”.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 15:35 Sat 18 Apr 2009

Twenty minutes in the glass has improved the nose a lot. Good.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 05:39 Sun 19 Apr 2009

‟Opaque black-red. Absolutely bog-standard magnificent F85.” You know what that this, and this was it.

Note to self: accumulate.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by g-man » 23:28 Sun 19 Apr 2009

Palate dominator in the line up.

Tons of reddish and purple fruit with loads of cinnamon and anise.

Full on body of condensed milk with cherries and blueberry mash.

Incredibly smooth for such a rich and powerful port.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by RonnieRoots » 13:43 Sun 03 May 2009

Darkest of the bunch, but that shouldn't be a surprise. Closed nose, with some perfume. Big! Very dark, with magnificent dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, dark cherry and black pepper. Dry, tannic and spicy finish. Very young, and always great to drink. Already have a healthy stash but definitely need more. 96 points.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by SushiNorth » 19:18 Wed 03 Jun 2009

Very very dark Port with subdued fruit for an 85. In the mouth, however, it's a monster -- huge fruit and very smooth (though it left my tongue rough). I felt this bottle was lacking in tannin needed for a long haul, though everyone else seems insistent it's going to need decades. Too late for this one, we've drunk it too soon. 92
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