1963 Fonseca

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1963 Fonseca vintage port

Post by AHB » 22:22 Sun 18 Oct 2009

Double decanted. Showing a good colour, with plenty of red but a light and easily transparent centre. Wonderful spice on the nose, full of sweet mango chutney. Good texture and weight in the mouth. Spicey, and showing a bit of heat but dominated by good, mature fruit flavours. Initially, slightly disappointing level of complexity, but with an extra couple of hours in the glass this disappeared to leave a multitude of flavours. A slight burn on the aftertaste, but then a long and rich red licorice and aniseed finish that goes on for ages. 94/100, drunk 14 October 2009 after 14 hours of double decanting.
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Fonseca 1966
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Re: 1963 Fonseca vintage port

Post by DRT » 22:03 Tue 20 Oct 2009

This was splendid on the night and there is nothing more to add to AHB's note from that evening.

Tonight, a full week after decanting, I am drinking the final sample from this bottle in honour of AHB's birthday.

Beautiful open fruity nose with a hint of spice. Prunes, figs and nutty chocolate. Lucsious, yet elegant and simply delicious. Perfectly mautre vintage port.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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