1985 Fonseca

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PhilW
Dalva Golden White Colheita 1952
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1985 Fonseca

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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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Alex Bridgeman
Graham’s 1948
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

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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.
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
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g-man
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

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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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Alex Bridgeman
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

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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..
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
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Re: 1985 Fonseca

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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

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