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1983 Fonseca - Vintage Port Port Blend - Portugal - Douro - Red

Portugal - Douro

Red Port Blend
Producer Notes

Fonseca's wines have been created by family winemakers throughout the years, using traditional stone lagares to produce their top quality vintage port. Today's winemaking team is looking to employ new technologies such as piston paddle vats, known as "port-toes," to improve the quality of its non-vintage port wines. David Guimaraens, sixth generation Guimaraens, is the current winemaker... More »

RH 91
JR 16
RP 92
WS 90
Drink Dates
VF: 1993-2023
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JR 16
Source Jancis Robinson

Mid red. Slightly musty nose. Lots of sweet, very slightly tired fruit. Obvious alcohol and not quite powerful enough fruit to support it. Dry finish. Not harmonious. See my comment above about Fonseca 1977.

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WS 90
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web

This is a rough-and-tough wine for laying away. Deep, dark purple-ruby, with an intense, ripe raisin and mint nose, full-bodied, with raisin flavors, full tannins and a long finish.

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RH 91
Source For The Love of Port
Issue Issue 34

A controversial wine in some circles, I’ve always enjoyed the ’83 although I have never considered it in the top tier of the vintage. Plum and black cherry in profile with a mocha note. Smooth and drinking pretty well today, it is slightly simple without much going on in the middle and a modest length to the finish. I came back to this later in the evening and it had put on some weight and filled in around the mid-section. Initially it just needed more time in the decanter.

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RP 92
Source Buying Guide - 2nd Edition (1989)
Issue B4

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, 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 1983 is magnificently scented, full-bodied, creamy, rather forward, but showing great length and character.

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Author Telepsychic
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.182%
Tasted On 12/01/2013

Perfect Thanksgiving capper. Elegant is an overused word in tasting notes, but this was supremely elegant. Heavyosity is overvalued -- I would drink this again tonight if I had the bottle and would confidently hold it for years.

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Author Burghound56
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Tasted On 08/16/2011
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