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Fonseca : Vintage Port 2003

£960 Incl. VAT & DPA case of 6 Bottles (75cl) | £160 / Unit
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    Parker : 94 / 100
    J. Robinson : 17,5 / 20
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    The 2003 Vintage Port comes in with 92 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a big boy in terms of voluptuous fruit, but (at least as double decanted overnight), it is drinkable now, even if it still tightens noticeably as it sits in the glass. Make no mistake, though--it is nowhere near peak. This rather dry Fonseca is big and fat, yet there is also some concept of balance here, surprisingly. This very warm vintage wasn't exactly shy. The concentration easily counters the power, and it steadily acquired better balance as it sat and aired. In terms of complexity, there's no there there yet, if you'll allow the Gertrude Stein summary. In that sense, at least, it is far too young and needs another decade. Winemaker David Guimaraens told me that he thinks his grandchildren will be able to enjoy it, so there is no rush. Cellar this for another decade, at the least, more like 20 years if you like them softer and more complex. This will still improve, but it has some more questions to answer in the cellar. The price reflects current availability. Korbrand, the importer, indicated limited stocks are available in the USA as well as Portugal. There may be an official re-release as well.
    DuriensePort
    Alcohol
    20.5

    Grape varieties
    Porto Blend

    Dessert wine
    Yes

    J. Robinson
    17,5

    Wine Spectator
    96

    Country
    Portugal

    Wine certification
    DOC

    Area
    Duriense

    Appellation
    Port

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Fonseca

    Parker
    94

    Allergens
    Contains sulphites

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