Fonseca 1970 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Fonseca 1970 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Very dark and robust. Attractive but in need of much more time in the decanter to flower. Guessed as Warre 1985 or Warre 1991.

Tasted at: Ides of March 2011, El Vino’s

Date: 15th March 2011

No rating.

Tasting 2

Notes: Quite dark. Hot, stewed fruits. Some fairly robust fruits with a few cherries. Medium aftertaste.

Tasted at: Steak Exchange

Date: 8th November 2011

Rated*: C-

Tasting 3

Notes: Better clarity than the other Fonseca 1970. Hot stewed fruits in the mouth. A bit hotter, perhaps, than I would like, especially compared to the other Fonseca 1970. Fairly robust, round, flavours are present but are hard work. Fine.

Tasted at: Steak Exchange

Date: 8th November 2011

Rated*: C-

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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