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Porto Vintage, Fonseca - 2017

  • Provenance: Portugal
  • Appellation: Porto
  • Domain: Fonseca
  • On-call time: 50 years
  • Style of wine: Vin doux
  • Alcohol degree: 20%
The 2017 Vintage Port, not quite bottled when seen but the final blend, is a field blend (with typical grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca) aged for approximately 20 months in used French oak. It comes in with 98 grams of residual sugar, a little drier on paper than its Taylor Sibling this year. Sappy and sensational in flavor and fruit, this seemingly has moderate tannins around the edges on first taste, velvety texture and a long finish. Despite the first impression of moderation, there is plenty of power here. As it got some aeration, it showed nothing but power and closed down fairly hard. The combination of great fruit and fine structure makes this a potentially great Fonseca, but right now it is obviously immature and not showing everything it has. I'd recommend some patience here. 96-98/100 Wine Advocate; 95/100 Decanter; 95/100 J. Suckling ; 95/100 Vinous ; Jancis Robisnon : 17.5/20
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This is the classic vintage, from a year that produces wines with phenomenal ageing potential. Blended from the three terroirs of Cruzeiro, Santo António and Panascal, it reflects the unique character of each. Cruzeiro brings its intense black fruit and firm, tight tannins, while Panascal gives it its rich, dense and velvety fruitiness. Santo António, for its part, contributes to the complexity and dynamism of the great wine, endowing it with a fine perfume and fresh acidity.

Suggestions for accompaniment

To be drunk after a few years of ageing with a jugged hare, a stilton, a dark chocolate dessert or to accompany a cigar.

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