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1994 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 »

JR 17+
RH 98
WS 100
WA 97
Drink Dates
Comm: 2015-2022 WA: 2002-2035 WS: 2012+
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JR 17+
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2018-2038

Very closed in comparison with the 1995 Guimaraens - stately and dense. Hints of spice, fruit-cake, violets and blossom. Pure, focused, very ripe and youthful - beautiful red fruit preserve flavours, and impressive length. Still extremely young and hasn't even begun to hint at much secondary character on the palate yet. (RH)

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 107
Drink Dates 2002-2035

One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, with a flashy display of jammy cassis, pepper, licorice, and truffles, this port is an attention-grabber. Awesomely rich, and full-bodied, with superb length, richness, and overall balance, it possesses a huge mid-palate, layers of flavor, an unctuous texture, and a blockbuster finish. Everything is in place, with the brandy and tannin well-integrated, even concealed by the masses of fruit and glycerin. This wine will drink fabulously well at age ten, but keep for up to thirty years.

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WS 100
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2012+

Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and it's probably even better than that classic vintage--more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Smells like fermenting berries, boasting loads of crushed grape, violet and berry character. Big, full-bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish. Tannic and huge, it's a long-term, great Port. 8,000 cases made.

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RH 98
Source For The Love of Port

Totally black/purple in color showing wild flowers, lush violets and a mild lactic nuance on the nose. As much as I liked the 1985 this was another breed altogether. It has a more classic Fonseca structure and poise, given its decade in the bottle. Dense, chewy blackberry flavors that tail off to the plum spectrum and provide waves of juicy, ripe fruit that is filled with glycerin. This Fonseca 1994 is a tannic monster which is atypical of how this has shown in the past when I've found it more approachable. It finished with gobs of mouth filling viscous Porty flavors - and brought a smile to my face. TOP HONORS of the tasting; with twenty+ more years before it will truly offer up its best showing!

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Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.316%
Tasted On 04/25/2013
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Author Karl L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 05/29/2012
Drink Dates 2020

It must be a 100, never had anything so rich, subtle and delicious.

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Author Anon
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Tasted On 04/24/2011
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Author iamawineguy
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Tasted On 10/16/2010

Beautiful, elegant and balanced port. As near to perfection as I have ever tasted!!

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Author cpcolliton
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.782%
Tasted On 04/04/2010
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Author Jess R
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Tasted On 09/14/2008

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 08/01/2005
Drink Dates 2010-2025+

Black as night with a full and alcoholic nose of cigar ash, candied plums, spices, and some raisins. Thick and rich with palate staining tannin. Tastes more hot than it has in the past. Lasts and lasts with a very attractive burnt marshmallow aftertaste.

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