1985 Fonseca

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1985 Fonseca

Post by PopulusTremula » 09:06 Mon 26 Aug 2019

Desert island port wonderfully balanced between youth and maturity. Many points today and more in the future. Impossible to be overstocked.

Longer version:
Decanted Friday evening and followed over three days. Cork was clean and soaked about halfway up, no seepage or dust/mildew at the top and it came out intact except for the lower fifth. Longer corkscrew is needed.

Dark ruby with some bricking at the rim. Astoundingly dark for a 34 year old port. Wonderful aromas of dark cherries, blackcurrant and perhaps chocolate. Instantly agreeable, palate is full and robust yet sophisticated and perfectly balanced. After a day in the fridge in the unstoppered bottle, it has filled out even more with a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Tannins are perfectly integrated and combined with the acidity provide a perfect counterpoint to the dense fruit and sweetness. A full-on, and most pleasant assault of one's senses. A bottled version of Smokestack Lightning by Howlin' Wolf.

Easily 93 points today and another handful within reach if the current trajectory is maintained. Many decades of life left.

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by flash_uk » 00:05 Wed 28 Aug 2019

Splendid note Magnus! Hope all well with you :663300:

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Re: 1985 Fonseca

Post by dcs » 05:41 Mon 02 Sep 2019

Absolutely one of my favourites!

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