1977 Fonseca

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Forum rules
Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
Post Reply
User avatar
jdaw1
Cockburn 1851
Posts: 23719
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London
Contact:

1977 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 »

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.

Links:
User avatar
jdaw1
Cockburn 1851
Posts: 23719
Joined: 15:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007
Location: London
Contact:

Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by jdaw1 »

F77. Bright red, 40% opaque. Nose foul: bacterial. Others discussed TCA, but it wasn’t TCA, if only because it so strongly offended me.
PhilW
Dalva Golden White Colheita 1952
Posts: 3536
Joined: 14:22 Wed 15 Dec 2010
Location: Near Cambridge, UK

Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by PhilW »

Agreed; my bottle and it was a duffer. I found it was still drinkable, but was nothing like it should have been, with what I also thought was a bacterial edge (rather than TCA).
User avatar
flash_uk
Graham’s 1977
Posts: 4118
Joined: 20:02 Thu 13 Feb 2014
Location: London

Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk »

30% opacity, red. Meaty nose, vegetal. Smooth and syrupy, but just not quite right. Flawed in some way - agree with the bacterial suggestion above.
User avatar
Alex Bridgeman
Graham’s 1948
Posts: 14936
Joined: 13:41 Mon 25 Jun 2007
Location: Berkshire, UK

Re: 1977 Fonseca

Post by Alex Bridgeman »

Deep red with some bricking but still a very firm red colour, 50% opaque. Raspberries dominate the nose, very lively, infused with a sweet and sour cranberry jelly. Smooth but slightly thin texture on entry, but very full in flavour. Masses of fruit and lively cracked white pepper gives a very spicy and lively palate. Complex layering and delicious flavours play across the palate. There is a big, forceful fruit-led aftertaste and a long, sharp redcurrant and red peppercorn finish. This is lovely port. Sadly, 30 minutes later this had fallen apart and tasted of nothing more than burnt rubber. Very odd. NR
Top Ports in 2023: Taylor 1896 Colheita, b. 2021. A perfect Port.

2024: Niepoort 1900 Colheita, b.1971. A near perfect Port.
Post Reply