1977 Fonseca

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1977 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 18:15 Tue 22 Feb 2011

Consumed by AHB and DRT at the F77 Emergency, 22 Feb 2011 in El Vinos.

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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 19:40 Tue 22 Feb 2011

[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=40759#p40759]Here[/url] AHB wrote:The wines consumed at this offline showed well - probably the best bottle I have had of F77 for a while.

WOTO (wine of the offline) was unanimously voted as:
3rd place - F77 (D+0 lunchtime tasting sample)
2nd place - F77 (first evening glass)
2st place - F77 (second and subsequent glasses)

Conclusion - good bottles need another 10-20 years. This is one heck of a port!

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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 20:41 Wed 23 Feb 2011

Decanted at 13:30. A small sample was taken immediately, for which I have no note, that had a beautiful rich fruit smell, great mouth-filling structure but lots of heat.

The first full glasses were poured at 16:40. A dark, brooding red. Closed on the nose with some spicy pepper. Very thick, smooth and uncsious with black cherry, dark chocolate and cigar smoke. Lots of powdery tannins and a little heat in the mid-palate which faded into a long delicious finish. Not much later I noted that the tannins were less obvious, with more fruit coming through on the palate. It is fair to say that three hours and ten minutes is not a long enough decanting time for Fonseca 1977 at this point in its evolution.

Fabulous port.

The decanter was empty by 18:15.
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 00:46 Sun 27 Feb 2011

D+4 Days from a 60ml sample.

Lots of sweet red fruit on the nose. Thick and chewy entry then lots of heat. The dry tannins quickly come to replace the heat and hide the fruit. This port still seems incredibly young for its age. The finish is long and delicious.
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 14:29 Wed 02 Mar 2011

Purchased from behind the bar at El Vino, Fleet Street. Deep red in colour, with some brown tones; 80% opaque. Subdued on the nose, but showing a little Victoria plum and lots of black pepper. A little bit of heat on the nose, but much less than when first decanted. Very dense on the palate - big and burly with a peppery bite; multiple layers of fruit under the pepper, dark and sweet but with an amazing powdery dryness from the tannins that dominates over the sweetness of the fruit. The finish takes a long time to appear, but is full of sweet black licorice and black jelly babies. This is way too young to be drunk now - needs another 10-20 years to reach its peak. Absolutely delicious! 96/100.
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 15:25 Wed 02 Mar 2011

Sounds terrible. I’m so pleased I missed it.

Phew dodged that bullet.

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