1985 Fonseca

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Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1985 Fonseca vintage port

Post by AHB » 00:15 Sat 10 Dec 2011

70% opaque, deep red in colour and with a spicy nose, full of curry leaves and juniper. Subdued entry, but gradually a lot of sweet fruit develops, held in check by fierce tannins. Less well balanced than anticipated. Dry aftertaste and a huge long sweet fruit finish. Less impressive than previous bottles - but still a decade away from maturity. 92/100. Drunk 1 Dec 2011.

Part of the 2011 Berry Brother's Port Walkaround tasting that included Quinta de la Rosa White Port served with Fever Tree tonic and lemon, Berry's Crusted bottled 2004, Quinta de la Rosa 1997 colheita, Berry's William Pickering 20 year old tawny, 1997 Quinta de Roeda, 1997 Gould Campbell, 1997 Quarles Harris, 1997 Smith Woodhouse, 1997 Fonseca, 1997 Taylor, 1994 Vesuvio, 1994 Warre, 1994 Dow, 1994 Graham, 1985 Fonseca, 1985 Taylor, 1977 Dow, 1977 Smith Woodhouse (magnum), 1977 Taylor, 1970 Gould Campbell, 1970 Graham, 1963 Dow and 1963 Warre.
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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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Fonseca vintage port

Post by RAYC » 12:35 Mon 12 Dec 2011

Good, but i found myself gravitating to the other "readier to drink" ports around it and did not go back for seconds, which says it all to me. ***(**) (87-88 now, 92 plus potential)
Rob C.

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