1963 Fonseca

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1963 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 15:02 Fri 01 May 2015

On Tuesday 5th May 2015, the evening before The B.F.T., in the year of Fonseca’s 200th Bicentenary, we gathered in the Boot & Flogger and tasted some Fonsecas.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 » 12:06 Sat 09 May 2015

F63. Bright red, 30% opaque. Nose high-toned, with mint. Palate very dry. red fruit, but dryness and acidity predominating. Excellent, but drink up.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 17:02 Mon 01 Jun 2015

30% opacity, warm red with a slight orange rim. Not much on the nose for me. In the mouth, red fruits, gentle heat at first, mid weight.

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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 17:52 Sat 13 Jun 2015

Mature brick red in colour, 40% opaque. Very little showing on the nose with a touch of redcurrant jelly and lemon juice. Tart entry, slightly dusty with nice cherries on the palate and a delicate streak of coffee and caramel. The late palate is delicious, balanced and poised. Milky coffee and sweet bubble-gum on the modest finish. Enjoyable port, but modest compared to others tonight. 89/100.
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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by g-man » 03:09 Thu 24 Dec 2015

Can someone explain to me how 3 people
drinking the same bottle at the same tasting

go from bright red
to warm red
to brick red?

i just came into a few 63' fonseca and am wondering what the appropriate color should be
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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by Glenn E. » 03:52 Thu 24 Dec 2015

Bright and warm could be the same color, but to me brick is different.
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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 10:20 Tue 29 Dec 2015

It might also depend on the light. The Boot & Flogger does not have consistent lighting across the table and if I was in shadow then I might have seen a different tone of red compared to someone sitting in a pool of halogen light.
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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by g-man » 23:01 Wed 30 Dec 2015

ah gotcha.

me thinks my 63' fonseca may be on death row in that case.
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Re: 1963 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 12:53 Thu 31 Dec 2015

g-man wrote:me thinks my 63' fonseca may be on death row in that case.
I hope you have a good bottle. Fonseca is consistently the best of the '63s that I drink (apart from Nacional) and most bottles are better than the one this tasting note was about.
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