Fonseca Vintage Port 1985 75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port 1985
Fonseca are arguably the leading producer of vintage port, combining both power and finesse. Some even with the potential to last over a hundred years.
In 1815, Joao dos Santos Fonseca started trading port, with Francisco Gomes Monteiro and Manuel Pedro Guimaraens entering into a partnership in the early 1820s. After several decades, the Guimaraens family acquired the house outright in 1863, but following financial hardship after World War Two, they sold to Taylor, Fladgate and Yeatman in 1949. The Guimaraens family, however, have remained actively involved since, with David Guimaraens currently head winemaker for the Fladgate group that comprises Taylors, Fonseca, Croft, and Krohn.
Fonseca ports are based on three Quintas. Cruzeiro, Santo Antonio and Quinta do Panascal. Cruzeiro contributes concentrated black fruit flavours and firm tannic grip. Panascal adds an opulent luscious fruitiness and a dense velvety texture. Finally, Santo Antonio brings complexity and vibrancy with its fine scented character and fresh acidity.
Fonseca Vintage Port 1985 is one of their finest ports ever produced. A unanimously declared vintage with both good yields and great concentration. While some ports produced in 1985 turned unexpectedly volatile after a decade or so in bottle, the very best remain classics to this day. Fonseca being perhaps the most concentrated and age-worthy of the lot according to Port expert Richard Mayson.
This port has a generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee, with herbal characters emerging with time and the fruit becoming even more luscious and creamy. Tannins are remarkably well-integrated, and the finish long and velvety. A wine poised between youth and maturity.