375ml. P&P before tonight. Sweet smoky raisin nose. Liquid sugar going on to the palate...some heat, some fruit, balanced, tannins, acids, fruit. The lingering finish build from the entry, smoky sweet fruit. Just big heavy lumbering adolescent wine, I would like this much more in 10 years when it is more MILFy.
Tried after the 2000 Graham's. Two ports of different characters. The Fonseca has pronounced leather and tobacco, in balance with the cassis fruit. The Graham's, on the other hand, was all fruit. It seems like the Fonseca has aged more over the past 16 years.
Though I like the complexity of the Fonseca, I believe the Graham's will be superior in 10 years. Even for drinking now, I would take the Graham's over the Fonseca.
But enough with the comparisons: The 2000 Fonseca is an extremely good wine.
Two additional tasting experiences: 1)new bottle, opened in March 2016, delivered stunning concentration, complexity, and poise. Next day just as good; 2)the bottle opened in June 2015 (!!) remained in refrigerator for 11 months. Tried it again today, and it delivers, with only a whisper of attenuation. No sediment. The 2011s are twice the price and need another 10 years minimum.
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