Fonseca Vintage Port 2003 75cl
Fonseca Vintage Port 2003
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.
2003 was a particularly hot, dry growing season, producing extremely ripe, opulent wines. Thankfully, the wet winter preceding the harvest meant the roots of the vines had good access to water reserves during extreme conditions. Enough reserves at least to last to the very welcome rain that hit the Baixo and Cima Corgo at the end of August. According to David Guimaraens, this was a textbook year for vintage port.
Fonseca Vintage Port 2003 has a sweet and harmonious nose, with rich, soft touches of dark chocolate and cherry. An intense yet elegant wine, with fine structure and exciting hints of spice and mint. Big blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, with an intense jamminess and cocoa notes. Firm, yet silky tannins.
Just entering its drinking window and capable of a few more decades maturation.