TN: 1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

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John Danza
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TN: 1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

#1 Post by John Danza » March 13th, 2019, 11:19 pm

  • 1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage - Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/13/2019)
    Served after a five-hour decant and left exposed to air.

    It's ridiculous how amazingly young this 34-year-old port is. Opaque purple with a dark ruby rim. The first thing that came to mind when smelling and tasting the wine was black licorice. There's more acidity than alcohol heat on the palate, but after a few minutes in the glass the acidity came into balance with the big tannin structure.

    This is one of those great ports that tastes more fruity than sweet. That's what you want if you want a wine that can be used to pair with a variety of foods. It would be easy to drink half a bottle on your own.

    This port isn't even close to maturity yet, but it drinks so well with the right decanting lead time. That's anywhere between 8 and 24 hours. Will the wine make it to 100 years? I don't know, but I wouldn't bet against it. (98 pts.)
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Re: TN: 1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

#2 Post by Barry L i p t o n » March 13th, 2019, 11:53 pm

Nice note, thanks!

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