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2000 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 »

Score
WA 96
93
JR 18
RH 97+
WS 94
IWC 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2025 WA: 2020-2060 WS: 2011+
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IWC 95
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 106

($81) Saturated medium-deep ruby. Exotic aromas of black fruit liqueur, road tar, smoked meat and hot stones; this reminded me of a great ripe-year Hermitage. Hugely rich and dense, with compelling sweetness and pliancy but also sound framing acidity. Extremely youthful and very long on the aftertaste. Finishes with suave but strong tannins and excellent grip and thrust. Like the best examples of the vintage, this won't injure your palate if you broach a bottle today, but it's structured for extended aging. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)

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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2024-2045

Exceptionally dark crimson. Luscious prunes in Armagnac on the nose. Well integrated and very hedonistic. Super luscious but with a real structure to it. Dry liquorice finish. Very dry finish indeed actually but pretty promising for the future.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 205
Drink Dates 2020-2060

The 2000 Fonseca continues to exude finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice and a touch of sloes, perhaps as Adrian Bridge remarked, just beginning to close after ten years in bottle. The palate is underpinned by very fine tannins, a sensual, svelte texture with wonderful acidity. The harmony and symmetry is alluring, the finish precise and demonstrating the persistency to suggest a long future ahead. Drink 2020-2060.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011+

Fabulous nose of crushed raspberries, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied and velvety, with superclean fruit and a long finish. Beauty. Very harmonious for Fonseca. 12,500 cases made.

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RH 97+
Source For The Love of Port
Issue Issue 34

Inky and opaque. Glad I noticed the yellow jacket (bee) in my glass before taking a sip. Wow, this is a stupendous young Port and it took me a moment for it to sink in which vintage this was. A massive fruited youngster that is already confident and so smooth. There’s an elegance to this Port and I wish I could see what this will be like in another forty years. It delivers a great finish and is just layered with flavor and is already a superb drink.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 06/14/2003
Drink Dates 2010-2025

Dark red purple colored wine with thin slow moving moderately pigmented legs. Surprisingly accessible nose of green apple, maple syrup, dark fruits, and heat. Smooth and suave in the mouth with good fruit, apparently light tannins, and only average sweetness. The wine finishes sooner than I would expect. Quite a fine early drinking rather approachable port. Drink 2010 to 2025. 2000 seems more and more to me to be only an above average year that is benefiting from the 2000 designation.

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