2003 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port (375ml)
Totally opaque dark red purple colour with deep dark red purple hue. The nose displays aromas of marzipan, liquorice, spice, raisins and fine old brandy spirit. The palate is a super concentrate of liquorice, raisins, aniseed and black cherry with a warm spicy brandy finish displaying exceptional depth. Very long liquorice, aniseed, marzipan and spicy warm brandy aftertaste. Bottled in 2005.
Cellar 8-10 years (2018-2020).
Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple trim, the 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port exhibits a nose of profound depth. Its sweet black mass of dark fruit and spice aromas leads to a character of immense depth, richness, and weight. Full-bodied, viscous, and almost impenetrable, this dense, backward port is powerful and exceptionally long in the finish. Possibly the most masculine Fonseca I’ve ever encountered, it coats the taster’s palate with licorice, jammy black fruits, and notes of chocolate that last for over a minute. This blockbuster will require at least three decades to fully blossom. Anticipated maturity: 2035-2060.
Pierre Rovani – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate