Red - Fortified

1983 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend

  • Portugal
  • > Douro
  • > Porto
Drink between 2003 - 2019
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Community Tasting Notes 57

  • Xavier Auerbach wrote: (86 points)

    March 11, 2015 - A private tasting (Restaurant Merkelbach, Amsterdam, NL): Very mature colour; stalky nose, lovage, hollow; powdery palate, drying and a slightly sharp structure, medium sweet, mint, caramel, nice length.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • paul195 wrote:

    February 20, 2015 - Deeper, darker and younger looking than the 83 Taylor tasted alongside. Medium bodied, less sweet than the Taylor, layers of dark fruit and brown sugar. There was an odd chemical-like scent and burnt nut flavor which was initially faint and became somewhat more pronounced over the next two days which was a clear defect in this bottle. Still pretty good, we drank it all over the weekend, but made one appreciate the brighter, lighter, perfectly balanced Taylor even more

  • Genghis88 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    January 2, 2015 - * consumed over a week

    Deep, dark garnet, full bodied,
    Faint nose, some wet oil paint, sweet cherries, stewed dark fruit
    Flavorful explosion of rich nuts, raisins, sweet cherry kirsch, 'brandy' notes.
    All spice, candied orange, faint minerality, dark chocolate, balsamic.

    After a week of drinking this bottle, i can say it was best on the last day of consumption. It grew in flavor while sitting in the decanter. This is an excellent port for the price and was very much enjoyed over the last week. I don't think it will get much better than it is now.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • rupertg Likes this wine: (91 points)

    October 12, 2014 - Clear ruby red with heavy sediment on bottle. Initially very spirity. Spirit on the nose, but sweet coating spice in the mouth. Fiery burn on finish. Lingering cherry. Great with blue cheese.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • cos82 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    June 7, 2014 - Decanted for 3 hours. Pale cherry in color. Nice nose of cherry, chocolate and prune. Soft mature palate. Not overly sweet which is why I prefer Fonseca to most ports. Beautiful balance of cherry, chocolate and minerals. No tannin and ready to go. At its best at the moment.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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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 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 833 (76%)
  • Consumed 267 (24%)

Food Pairing

British bread pudding, Fromages et amandes, orange and brandy

Who Likes This Wine

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