1994 Fonseca

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1994 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 12:37 Wed 05 Mar 2014

A horizontal of 1994 and a G83 were tasted at Bordeaux Index, 10 Hatton Garden EC1N 8AH on Tuesday 4th March 2014, in the presence of Richard Mayson, as arranged by Michael Schuster of MichaelSchusterWine.com.

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Re: 1994 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 15:05 Wed 05 Mar 2014

F94. Dark red, 80% opaque. Big. Some grit early- and mid-palate. Great blend of red and black fruit. Excellent port, and for me, third-laced behind Dow and then Taylor.

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Re: 1994 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 19:22 Wed 05 Mar 2014

90% opacity, deep deep red, great gloopy legs. Spice, pepper followed by damson in the nose. Then wow! Big, big body, great structure, well balanced, smooth entry, some bite in the middle, tastes full, lots of plums, long finish. As I write this up am wondering why this wasn't my WOTN, but must trust my notes on the Dow and Warre I suppose :D

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Re: 1994 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 01:18 Thu 06 Mar 2014

Nothing on the nose (closed) - big, delicious and very smooth on the palate but in need of a decade or more.

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Re: 1994 Fonseca

Post by djewesbury » 22:20 Thu 06 Mar 2014

24 hour decant. About 85%, ruby with a very slight brown-orange tone. Nose is very fresh and clean. Prim, even. It's pretty, delicate and elegant. Not a great deal of spice, perhaps raspberries. In the mouth (yes, I was still on the nose) it gives a little less; rather delicate and quiet. Lightly fruity, without tannins. Alcohol comes mid-palate, and it finishes with spice on the teeth and gums.
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Re: 1994 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 12:07 Wed 26 Mar 2014

Deep red, less bricking that the Taylor shown alongside and a small transparent rim. Fresh nose of spearmint and ozone, but little by way of fruit. Closed initially on the palate; lots of work does allow fruit to develop and show, the fruit becoming a chewy and dense but restrained by the tannins. More closed on the palate than the Taylor, but intense and concentrated with powerful roasted cocoa tannins. Smooth aftertaste, hollow at first but then develops into a long and concentrated chewy sweet bubblegum and chocolate finish. Very fine, flavoursome port. 94/100. Decanted 20 hours.
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