Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend 1983

9.215 ratings on Delectable
$78.95

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. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Michael Hildbold Delectable Pro

Still tastes young at 31 yrs. I always like tawny better though.

Still tastes young at 31 yrs. I always like tawny better though.

9.5

Jim Westby

A rich, deeply flavored port. I thought there was a midpalate cardboardy note, but the pros present didn't think it was corked.

A rich, deeply flavored port. I thought there was a midpalate cardboardy note, but the pros present didn't think it was corked.

9.0

The Flambè

Medium sweet, balanced acidity. Long finish and full bodied. Red and black cherries with a touch of spice.

Medium sweet, balanced acidity. Long finish and full bodied. Red and black cherries with a touch of spice.

8.9

Doug Powers

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8.1