1977 Fonseca

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jdaw1
Cockburn 1851
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1977 Fonseca

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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: 1977 Fonseca

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F77. Bright red, 40% opaque. Nose foul: bacterial. Others discussed TCA, but it wasn’t TCA, if only because it so strongly offended me.
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

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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).
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Graham’s 1977
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

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30% opacity, red. Meaty nose, vegetal. Smooth and syrupy, but just not quite right. Flawed in some way - agree with the bacterial suggestion above.
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Re: 1977 Fonseca

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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 2022: Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port. I cried with joy.

2023: Fonseca 1966. There are not many better Ports, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!
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