Red - Fortified

1983 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend

  • Portugal
  • Douro
  • Porto
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Community Tasting Notes 66

  • rmalloy wrote: (88 points)

    March 4, 2017 - Reminds me of cherry cough syrup. And a little of rum-soaked fruitcake. Alcoholic and syrupy with baking spices. Probably my least favorite of the Fonseca ports I've tried, largely due to the high alcohol and sugar.

  • rupertg Likes this wine: (92 points)

    December 25, 2016 - Pale red, little nose. Very smooth and syrupy, figs and spice. Most of the burn has gone. Will last another couple of years but at its plateau. Deserves to be drunk on its own. Gentle and delicious.

  • jdponfil Likes this wine: (92 points)

    July 17, 2016 - This was delicious, but still has too much heat for my taste. It certainly has the fruit for holding longer, and I will do that. If opened another bottle in the near future, I would decant overnight. This bottle was decanted for three hours, and I don't think it helped much. It was way too short of a decant, IMO. If the alcohol/heat burns off, this will be an extraordinary port, but I question is there is enough fruit to outlast the alcohol. Of course, if heat doesn't bother you, then you will enjoy this port now. It does have complexity and nuanced layers of fruit, spice and flavors.

  • galewskj wrote: (91 points)

    July 17, 2016 - Rieslings and a couple reds (Ray and Teresa's): Consistent with previous note even though i was decanted for 3+ hours. Good complexity, alcoholic, nice caramelization, sherry qualities. Decant overnight or open the bottle the day before?

  • canan wrote: (88 points)

    March 3, 2016 - Vintage port 1983 (Portvinsklubben 1981): Slightly off bottle. Has a little walnuts and burnt sugar but the alcohol is dominating.
    After revealing the wine we were sure that it was defective.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2004 (link) 17 points

    (Fonseca Vintage Port) A moderate colour. Quite an unusual, very tertiary nose, with aromas of cabbage, cod liver oil and a hint of toffee. A very harmonious palate on entry, with gentle, spicy tannins through the midpalate. A lovely texture, elegant rather than lush, balanced and very fluid. The tannins becomes more apparent on the finish. It seems much less complex and developed on the palate than the nose would suggest, and there are still some notes of black fruits. A moderate length. Drinking now.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1983
  • Type Red - Fortified
  • Producer Fonseca
  • Varietal Port Blend
  • Designation Vintage
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Douro
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Porto
  • UPC Code 084692304349

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 953 (73%)
  • Consumed 357 (27%)

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British bread pudding, Fromages et amandes, orange and brandy

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