From the outstanding 1977 vintage and scoring 93/100 parker points "Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. When it is young, it often loses out in blind tastings to the heavier, weightier, more tannic wines, but I always find myself upgrading my opinion of Fonseca after it has had 7-10 years of age. The 1977 has developed magnificently in the bottle, and while it clearly needs another decade to reach its summit, it is the best Fonseca since the '70 and '63.. Drink now - 2040. A wonderful anniversary gift.
This vintage port is shipped in a deluxe silk lined wooden presentation box with four wine accessories (corkscrew, wine pourer, drip stopper & wine thermometer) [worth £17.99] at no extra cost.
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An outstanding Vintage Port year producing well structured and balanced Vintage Ports, marked by strong tannins, great elegance and staying power. The best wines have the tannin and structure to age for decades.. Michael Symington of the Symington Port Group, "in the Douro we have been fortunate and certainly good average wines have been made, and it is thought a few outstanding lotes (batches) will emerge."
Although Fonseca Monteiro existed in the eighteenth century it was not until 1822 that Manuel Pedro Guimaraens acquired the business and this desendants still operate the business today! The firm was bought by the Yeatman family in 1949 and is now part of the Taylor Fladgate Partnership. The grapes used by Fonseca to make vintage port come from Quinta do Panascal, Quinta Santo Antonio, and Quinta Cruzeiro and they are still trodden by foot in stone lagares. Fonseca makes acclaimed vintage ports which have a warmth and richness to them along with a huge intensity of fruits and berries.
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