2007 Fonseca Vintage Port (375ml)

SKU #1050907 97 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I have a very soft spot in my heart for the style of Fonseca, so I may be a bit biased in my praise of their 2007, but this is unequivocally the greatest young vintage of Fonseca that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. The bouquet is deep, discreet and bottomless, as it offers up a still very young mélange of black plums, licorice, black cherries, candied violets, discreet herb tones, complex soil nuances, woodsmoke, cedar and very mild notes of black pepper. With time this will clearly be a bouquet of profound complexity, though today this is hidden a bit by the wine’s puppy fat of sappy fruit. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and absolutely seamless, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, firm tannins, great focus and grip and the vintage’s tangy acids adding a rapier-like quality to the endless finish. This is profound wine in the making, and it will take its place very near the top of the list of the many legendary Fonsecas produced in the last century. A great, great wine. (Drink between 2035-2150) 97+ points Inner quote mark (8/2009)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Dense and serious, a powerful vintage, as would be expected from Fonseca. The whole emphasis of the wine pushes the tannins forward, but this structure is based on black plums with dark fruit skins and a solid, chunky character. The finish is juicy and bold. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2009)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2007 Fonseca is maturing nicely, with a perfumed, high toned, rich bouquet of macerated black cherries, blueberry, creme de cassis and vanilla. The palate is very harmonious with plush dark cherry fruit, fresh fig, salted licorice and a supple, rounded, spicy finish that delivers wonderful purity and length. This is a sexy Fonseca, perhaps more generous and alluring than the 2009 – a quintessential Fonseca that should peak in 15-20 years time. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Fonseca's rich, Cima Corgo style creates a sleek and supple 2007, a wine that's both generous in its bosky richness of flavor and sophisticated in its detail. Oak softens and rounds it into a savory chocolate cake with layers of black cherry and orange citrus, the tannins more graphite firm than schisty hard. This may well be accessible at an early age, perhaps 12 to 15 years from the vintage, while it has the substance to last for 40 or more. Inner quote mark (12/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A subtle yet powerful young Vintage Port, with freshly sliced plum, citrus and mulberry on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a solid core of powerful tannins and a long, balanced finish. So tight and reserved. Muscularly structured. (JS) Inner quote mark (5/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark ruby/crimson. Heady nose – crystallised violets and massive intensity. Firm tannins lurking under massive sweetness and a strong floral element. Lots of mass but not beefy. Very fine tannins so not quite ready yet. Big and bold. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2011)


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