NV Fonseca 20YO Tawny (bottled 1978)

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NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by DRT » 21:39 Sun 28 Aug 2011

D+0
A rich, dark, golden-red colour. Not much on the nose, perhaps a little candle wax. Very thick and extremely smooth in the mouth. Delicious sweetness at first but then a slightly hollow mid-palate. The sweet, nutty finish grows in the mouth and seems to go on forever. Very good :)

I hope the nose and the hollowness sort themselves out with some air as this could turn out to be a stunningly good wine.
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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by benread » 21:50 Sun 28 Aug 2011

DRT wrote:D+0
A rich, dark, golden-red colour. Not much on the nose, perhaps a little candle wax. Very thick and extremely smooth in the mouth. Delicious sweetness at first but then a slightly hollow mid-palate. The sweet, nutty finish grows in the mouth and seems to go on forever. Very good :)

I hope the nose and the hollowness sort themselves out with some air as this could turn out to be a stunningly good wine.
Another one of those bottles! I have one left. Did it need much decanting? I have found these need very careful decanting to get the fine sediment out.
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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by DRT » 22:08 Sun 28 Aug 2011

benread wrote:Another one of those bottles! I have one left. Did it need much decanting? I have found these need very careful decanting to get the fine sediment out.
I think you are thinking of Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny, bottled 1979.

This was a lone bottle that I acquired in a batch of oddments on eBay about 5 years ago. It does have some fine sediment,but I'm gritting my teeth :wink:
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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by Andy Velebil » 06:35 Mon 29 Aug 2011

DRT wrote:D+0
A rich, dark, golden-red colour. Not much on the nose, perhaps a little candle wax. Very thick and extremely smooth in the mouth. Delicious sweetness at first but then a slightly hollow mid-palate. The sweet, nutty finish grows in the mouth and seems to go on forever. Very good :)

I hope the nose and the hollowness sort themselves out with some air as this could turn out to be a stunningly good wine.
WHOA! hold the phone. This isn't the first time I've heard of you loving a wood aged Port. So just stop this non-sense now as your giving you and your fellow UK'ers a bad name :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by AHB » 21:29 Thu 01 Sep 2011

It's OK. He's mixed it with some blackcurrant cordial before tasting it :330000:
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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by JacobH » 14:41 Sat 03 Sep 2011

Andy Velebil wrote:WHOA! hold the phone. This isn't the first time I've heard of you loving a wood aged Port. So just stop this non-sense now as your giving you and your fellow UK'ers a bad name :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Can it still be called ‟wood-aged” if it’s spent far longer in the bottle than the barrel? ;-)
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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by Andy Velebil » 18:44 Sun 04 Sep 2011

JacobH wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:WHOA! hold the phone. This isn't the first time I've heard of you loving a wood aged Port. So just stop this non-sense now as your giving you and your fellow UK'ers a bad name :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Can it still be called ‟wood-aged” if it’s spent far longer in the bottle than the barrel? ;-)
Only if the bottle is wrapped in wood

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Re: NV Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny (bottled 1978)

Post by JacobH » 23:17 Mon 05 Sep 2011

Andy Velebil wrote:
JacobH wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:WHOA! hold the phone. This isn't the first time I've heard of you loving a wood aged Port. So just stop this non-sense now as your giving you and your fellow UK'ers a bad name :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Can it still be called ‟wood-aged” if it’s spent far longer in the bottle than the barrel? ;-)
Only if the bottle is wrapped in wood
Yikes; does that mean a substantial part of my Port is ‟matured in cardboard”? :shock: :shock:
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