1955 Fonseca

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Cockburn 1900
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Re: 1955 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 08:21 Thu 14 Oct 2010

F55: 70% opaque. Very red. Rich soft red-fruited sweetness early and mid-palate, then heat late-palate. Later the heat softened, improving the wine.

In the first flight competition (Ad, BPFHB, C, D, Fr, F, GB, and G) scoring 15½ points, being ranked second by six people, third by three, and third-equal by an indecisive RAH, for the Silver Medal of this flight.

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Fonseca 1966
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Re: 1955 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 15:47 Thu 14 Oct 2010

My 6th TN of the evening says "Fabulously thick with lots of fruit and huge length. Simply delicious."

Those of you who know me well will appreciate how hard I must have been concentrating to use that many words in a TN so far into the first flight!

This was my third favourite for the first flight and overall.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn

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Fonseca 1963
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Re: 1955 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 08:31 Sun 17 Oct 2010

More red than most of the other '55s shown at this tasting; 40% opaque. Nosing of dirty rhubarb and sweet quince. Sweet and caressing entry, silky mouthfeel and with a lovely peppery core to the sweet fruit. Air helps the sweet fruit to come through, but there is still a dry edge from the faint tannins. Aftertaste is sweet, full of almonds and marzipan followed by a finish of graprefruits sweetened with brown sugar. 89/100.
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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Re: 1955 Fonseca

Post by Chris Doty » 10:31 Sun 17 Oct 2010

Almost a table wine red color. This was one of only a small number of 'complete' wines at this tasting, still managing to balance fruit, spice, alcohol, and tannin. The only thing keeping it from an exceptional score is that the alcohol dominates the finish, and lingers in the mouth for much longer than I would prefer. Still, a very elegant drop that is holding its age well in check. 89 points

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Re: 1955 Fonseca

Post by Glenn E. » 22:57 Fri 31 Dec 2010

Color: Middling dark and red.
Nose: Notably, smells like Port. Can't say that about all of the glasses in this flight.
Palate: Nice, still has tannins.
Finish: Warm, some tannins, and a green note.

Score: 88 points. Concensus ranked it 2nd of the first flight, behind the Graham and ahead of the Ferreira.
Glenn Elliott

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