1970 Fonseca

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jdaw1
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1970 Fonseca Vintage Port

Post by jdaw1 » 17:05 Sun 26 Aug 2007

Fonseca 1970 tasted on 1st September 2007 in St. Helens. Tasted that evening were Fonseca 1920, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1992, and 2000. Also see the review describing the evening as a whole.

From the cellar of Uncle Tom, totally under-priced at £55.

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Post by DRT » 23:52 Sun 26 Aug 2007

Purchased at auction by Tom Archer in 2007 from the cellar of the late Lord Lichfield.

Intact embossed lead capsule. UK bottling by Morgan Furze & Co Ltd. Level is well into the neck and only 1cm below the base of the cork.

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Post by DRT » 12:31 Sat 01 Sep 2007

Decanted at 07:50 on 1 sep 07. Bottom portion of the cork became detached and fell into the wine. Beautiful colour. Lost quite a lot of juice in decanting due to the huge amount of crust.

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F70

Post by jdaw1 » 00:45 Sun 02 Sep 2007

DRT, looking over my shoulder, wants the full bottle back. And he’s not wrong.

Very darkly opaque. Red, no brown, no blue. Nose, when sampled indoors, full of pepper. And a huge peppery length. A great port. UncleTomScore = 10-9.

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Post by uncle tom » 18:32 Wed 05 Sep 2007

From miniature kindly sent by Derek:

Surprisingly youthful - it may a little further to climb yet.

Very good wine - more like a 9-10 to me

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Post by DRT » 23:11 Mon 24 Sep 2007

A big dark red colour for a wine of this age which reveals a youthful purple when swirled in the glass. Huge, thick, chewy and tannic mouthful of plums with an immense finish.

Derek
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Post by KillerB » 08:55 Tue 25 Sep 2007

To say that I've never been disappointed in a Fonseca 1970 is a bit of an understatement. Every time it has shown up well in illustrious company and has been near the top of every tasting.

This time it was difficult to get a nose, due to being outside but when inside it was fruity and nicely spicy with a big hit of black pepper. Thick and sweet with a nice backbone and floral notes finishing with chocolate. Absolutely superb Port and my favourite for drinking now. Still has plenty of life to keep for several years though.
Port is basically a red drink

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