1985 Fonseca

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1985 Fonseca

Post by AHB » 19:18 Mon 12 Oct 2015

Dark red colour, mature but still with cherry red tones and no bricking; 70% opaque. Dark cherry and mild chocolate on the nose, but faint and restrained. A big wine on the palate, full of sweet cherry and blueberry fruits; gentle tannins tease the tongue and the acidity is refined and perfectly poised. This grows on the palate to deliver multiple layers of flavour but never becomes brutal. Sweet, floral fruit dominates the aftertaste with some wonderful Parma violets and terrific complexity - and lasts an amazingly long time. Still a decade or two away from its peak. Great port. 94/100. 03-Oct-15. Decanted 36 hours.
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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