1977 Fonseca

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RonnieRoots
Fonseca 1980
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1977 Fonseca VP

Post by RonnieRoots » 08:08 Fri 22 Jun 2007

I've been lucky enough to have tated this port a number of times. The first time was on an offline with Stevie, LadyR and joea. An absolutely stunning bottle, of which I don't think I made notes, but maybe Stevie can post his. The second bottle was was utterly disappointing. I poured it blind to Stevie and LadyR and both guessed it to be an off-vintage somewhere in the 70's from a not so good producer... :shock:

The third time was at the BBR offline, August 2005. Finally, I bothered to make some notes:
I first tried the "not so great bottle": A bit light in color, not much fruit on the nose, only some older notes. A difficult port to taste; it seems like the fruit is only just emerging, it has to struggle to get out there. It's nicely layered and has good structure, but probably in an odd phase, or a bit of an off bottle.
Then the "quite spectacular bottle": Color is much better than the first bottle, much younger looking and darker. So fresh and lively on the nose, with very ripe blackcurrant, forest fruit jam and some fennel. I would just keep smelling this if the taste wasn't so darn good! Again really fresh with vibrant fruit. Not a massive port, but it's built on subtlety and graciousness. It keeps going on and on. This is what port is all about. My no. 1 of the evening.

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KillerB
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Post by KillerB » 09:10 Fri 22 Jun 2007

You have to keep bringing it up don't you? :evil:

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RonnieRoots
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Post by RonnieRoots » 09:41 Fri 22 Jun 2007

How about making a deal: next time we meet (which is hopefully soon), we'll track down a bottle of Fonseca 1977 and you can actually have a sip.

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Post by KillerB » 09:49 Fri 22 Jun 2007

In which case I may have to forgive you.

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Post by KillerB » 22:22 Thu 28 Jun 2007

My note from the same off-line, not the classy bottle - the other one that only had a few dregs... not that I'm bitter or would ever mention it:
A bit more spicy than the 1970 but still floral and obviously a bit young. Would not turn my nose up if offered it again though.

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