1992 Fonseca

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DaveRL
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1992 Fonseca

Post by DaveRL » 16:58 Fri 12 Sep 2014

D+3 Dark dense red, browning slightly at the edges. Little in nose. Alcohol and some plum. In the mouth sweet, quite viscous. Not much fruit - some more plum, figs. A little liquorice. A little medicinal. Finishes slightly bitter. Dark chocolate. Savoury, a Rhone meaty savoury component. Acidity prominent, but not excessive. Finish fairly short. It is quite good, but some way short of where I'd hoped. I'm wondering if perhaps slightly corked? Not sure what the fuss is about.

D+27 Ah. It has become balanced. The acidity is just right. Nose still not massive, but alcohol has integrated. The fruit has appeared. The savoury flavours have receded. Long mouth watering soft cherry and strawberry. Finishes quite dry. Dangerously gluggable. Perhaps a little thin. I'll restrain myself and leave a little until tomorrow.

D+50 Oh. Still good, but the fruit has gone away again. Better than day 1 but glad I didn't leave much. Still wondering if just a little corked. Maybe a phase, or just slightly too young for me. Find myself having hoped for more.

From a disappointing 88 on day 1 to 91 day 2.

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Re: 1992 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 23:12 Fri 12 Sep 2014

Makes me wonder if anything from the 90s is showing well at the moment!

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Re: 1992 Fonseca

Post by DRT » 01:23 Sat 13 Sep 2014

I suspect this is very much in the middle of its disjointed adolescence. Give it time. Perhaps two decades will do, perhaps more.
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Re: 1992 Fonseca

Post by DaveRL » 14:18 Sat 13 Sep 2014

It was v good in parts. At its height it was delightful. More disjointed than the 97s, which themselves are not currently in a great place. Fonseca 85 to my mind is so much better today, and I am sure it will improve further. I think you are right and the 90s need more time.

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