1985 Fonseca

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PhilW
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1985 Fonseca

Post by PhilW » 14:27 Tue 25 Sep 2012

On Monday 24th September 2012, several members of TPF met at TBH for a dual mini-vertical of Warre's and Fonseca ports of the same years.

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AHB
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 11:01 Wed 31 Oct 2012

Dark red colour, 95% opaque. Gentle nose, with youthful berries and a tangy acidity. Lovely constructed palate; still very youthful with plenty of vital tannins still alive and vigorous. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Long chocolatey tannic aftertaste and finish, with grapey flavours and tones. 92/100. Decanted 24 hours.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by g-man » 20:21 Wed 31 Oct 2012

AHB wrote:Dark red colour, 95% opaque. Gentle nose, with youthful berries and a tangy acidity. Lovely constructed palate; still very youthful with plenty of vital tannins still alive and vigorous. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Long chocolatey tannic aftertaste and finish, with grapey flavours and tones. 92/100. Decanted 24 hours.
glad it was showing better again

I reclal you guys saying at a last few tastings that this felt like it might have started to fade!!!
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 22:05 Wed 31 Oct 2012

It has seemed a bit variable recently, and we've been speculating whether it might be about to go into a closed phase, a little like the Taylor 85 was a few years ago. Time wil tell..
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 16:55 Sat 29 Mar 2014

F85, decanted the evening before. Dark red, 70% oapque. Nose of red cherry, with plum behind. Palate soft, of mid-sweetness and mid-length.

PhilW
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by PhilW » 17:45 Fri 11 Apr 2014

Dwarfed by the company.
Rating: Good/Very Good.

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