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Wine Advocate, October 2005,
Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple trim, the 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port exhibits a nose of profound depth. Its sweet black mass of dark fruit and spice aromas leads to a character of immense depth, richness, and weight. Full-bodied, viscous, and almost impenetrable, this dense, backward port is powerful and exceptionally long in the finish. Possibly the most masculine Fonseca I've ever encountered, it coats the taster's palate with licorice, jammy blackfruits, and notes of chocolate that last for over a minute. This blockbuster will require at least three decades to fully blossom. Anticipated maturity: 2035-2060 - Pierre Rovani
Jancis Robinson, May 2005,
Very dark purplish crimson. Quite volatile. Mouth-filling, spreads across the palate in a very convincing way. Lots of dry tannin (in stark contract to 29 served just before it!). All the ingredients here. Good, dry finish yet a very eloquent testament to 2003´s ripeness. Later note: Very big, beef extract. Plus lots of ripe fruit and quite noticeable acidity. Fine tannins. Everything is here. Very long. Flagship from Fladgate.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
Lots of grape and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy and lightly sweet. Serious concentration, with lots of grip on the finish. Just what to expect from a young Vintage Port. Best after 2012. 12,000 cases made. -JS
In no Port house is the inherited tradition of winemaking skill and knowledge more evident than at Fonseca Guimaraens, where the wines have been made by the same family since its foundation in 1822. Fonseca purchased the Quinta do Panascal in 1978 after the property had been supplying grapes to the company for over 20 years. The wines from Quinta do Panascal had long been an important component in Fonseca's vintage blend. Quinta do Panascal's reputation goes back to the 18th centurywhen wines from the Rio Tavora were considered to be amongst the finest in Portugal. After acquiring the Quinta, Fonseca undertook a substantial programme of renovation and development in the 1980's and further increased the size of the property with the addition of Quinta do Val dosMuros in 1985. The property at the moment totals just over 76 hectares of which 44 hectares is under vine producing 858 hectoliters of port. The Fonseca Guimaraens house style is one of richness and warmth, with a lush fruit intensity and a structure of both dimension and finesse. More voluptuous than massive, Fonseca Ports are coveted for their sumptuous yet refined body and great longevity.
Port is made in the Cima Corgo, Baixo Corgo and Douro Superior districts of the Douro Valley in the north of Portugal. The summers are hot and dry and the climate becomes more continental as you move further east towards the upper Douro Valley. Here temperatures often exceed 40 degrees. The Douro Valley has steep hillsides with terraces, which is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also extremely useful for making quality wine. The schist soils aid in drainage and have become very important to port production, so much so that much of the Douro table wines have been relegated to granite soils. The six main grape varieties used for port production are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Amarela. There are another 42 grape varieties that are permitted but these six are considered to be the noblest ones, each adding something different to the blend. After the harvest the grapes are trodden, often by foot but more often by machines, in giant lagars (troughs). Port is a fortified wine so during fermentation ‘brandy' (not actually brandy but a grape-distilled spirit) is added to increase thealcoholic strength to around 17-19 % abv. This leaves a sweet, red fortified wine with lots of vibrant fruit. There are many different types of Port from the Basic Ruby Ports, through to Tawny Ports and LBVs, to probably the most famous of all Vintage Port that can take 20 years to reach its peak. When mature, Vintage Port is a unique tasting experience with warm, concentrated spicy-fruit flavours and a superb length that just goes on and on.