1970 Fonseca Vintage Port (IEC Wine Society Bottling)

SKU #1026273 96 points Wine Spectator

 Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins. (JS)  (6/1989)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Vintners Company’s 650th anniversary celebration at Vintners Hall, the Fonseca 1970 was the finest bottle I have encountered. The bouquet opens beautifully with heady scents of clove, ginger, small red cherries, bergamot and allspice, displaying exquisite definition and harmony. The palate follows suit with lovely balance and poise in the mouth, notes of kirsch, shaved ginger and walnut building to an opulent, viscous finish that lacquers the mouth. Yet this bottle shows more control than the bottle tasted four years ago. The 1970 Fonseca is in a very nice place at the moment. You should join it. (NM)  (6/2013)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2009 | Send Email
When I say the 1970 Fonseca changed my life, a lot of people (rightly) laugh... But it is true. My father gave me a bottle for my 22nd birthday, it bit me hard with the wine bug and before my 23rd birthday I was working in the wine business. The industry has not been able to get rid of me since. Having a bottle of the Berry Brothers selected 1970 Fonseca in stock has been a constant source of temptation for me since it arrived. This was the last year it was legal to buy vintage port in pipe (barrel) and ship it to the buyer to bottle at their discretion. Nobody was better at this than the team at Berry Brothers, and every one of their bottlings that I have had has been that little bit better than the normal release. The idea of a 1970 Fonseca that is a little bit better than the one I had frightens me a little bit!
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