2012 Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Port

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Price: $17.99

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Staff Image By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2017 | Send Email
This is really a ridiculous value. A rich and generous wine by any standard, it's a good bottle to have in the rack for an impetuous opening. The best part is that it will develop and keep for some days or even a week after you open it, so you're going to get some mileage here even if it doesn't get poured around a big group. Like with my Riesling collection, I need some satisfying and pleasurable "interference wines" to keep me away from the expensive stuff.

Staff Image By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
This wine is so delicious! On the nose the black fruit hit me immediately, then notes of lavender and rosemary swirled about. It's slightly sweet liquid cassis jelly, smooth, and concentrated with a slight herbaceous note, almost garrigue-like in the background. I usually drink Port at the end of a special meal, at this price I can have it after any meal!

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
This port comes through big, dark, and ripe! Lots of richness and spice. Lovely notes of toasted vanilla and cherry. Easy to drink and easy on the pocket-book. This is my next go-to port for the house!

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
Wow, the greatest port value I have tasted in many years! Super sweet with flavors of chocolate covered cherries and cassis. Beautifully, soft and delicious. Far better than many VINTAGE ports produced in the 70's and 80's. If you have never tried a good port, this is on heck of a great way to start. I will be buying a few to keep me away from my vintage ports.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
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There are certain wines I love-but don’t drink enough of them on a regular basis. Port is the #1 wine on that list. One of my favorite ways to end a meal is to enjoy a glass of either ruby or tawny port with dessert or a cheese plate. The 2011 Fonseca “Late Bottle Vintage” Port is the perfect after dinner wine; aromas of fig, blackberry, cassis and marzipan cede way to a palate full of cassis, blackberry preserves, spice and vanilla notes. This seamless red is so smooth and seductive you’ll be hard pressed to stop at only one glass and with an unbelievable price of under $18 you won’t feel any guilt over going back for a second glass.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2030

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.


- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.