The backbone of Fonseca
vintage ports are the wines drawn primarily from Fonseca’s three quintas, all located in the Cima Corgo: Quinta de Santo António
, Quinta do Cruzeiro
and Quinta do Panascal
. All three properties are A-rated, and were purchased by the firm in the 1970s; the former two had been under contract to Fonseca Guimaraens in the early 1900s. The finest grapes from these quintas are blended with wines from other quintas long under contract to Fonseca to produce its classic vintage ports. The grapes are still trodden by foot in the stone lagares
of Cruzeiro and Panascal. Fonseca vintage ports are renowned for their great richness, and, while powerful and mouthfilling, for their exquisite structure and femininity. In the context of each vintage, they combine the tannic dimension and ‘grip’ which give great port its longevity, with the breeding, complexity and perfect balance that are Fonseca’s hallmarks.
Food & Wine match:
Walnuts are an excellent accompaniment to Vintage Port, as are various cheeses such as Stilton and Dorset Blue Vinny So too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs. Alternatively, simply savour the unadulterated taste in a good glass with good company. When coming to decant the wine, stand the bottle upright 24 hours before drinking to allow the collected sediment to fall to the bottom of the bottle. After uncorking the wine, you must pour in a slow, steady stream into your decanter, carefully watching the emerging liquid to ensure that only the clear wine is poured, leaving the sediment behind.
“Fonseca’s 1992 is a majestic young Port that rivals the house’s great efforts (1985, 1977, 1970, 1963). This colossal Vintage Port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple colour, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, liquorice, chocolate and spices. Extremely full bodied and unctuously textured, this multilayered, enormously endowed Port reveals a finish that lasts for over a minute. It is a magnificent Port that will age well for 30-40 years.” Robert Parker The World’s Greatest Wine Estates 2005 – 97 Points
“The best Fonseca since the perfect 1977. Intense cassis, violet and plum aromas. Full-bodied, medium sweet and bursting at the seams with fruit and tannins. A wine of great mass and concentration. Try in 2005.” James Suckling, Wine Spectator June 1995