Fonseca 1977 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Fonseca 1977 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: A measure darker than the 1978 or 1972. Elegant and rounded with soft, pliable fruit; very attractive.

Tasted at: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting

Date: 4th April 2011

No rating.

Tasting 2

Notes: Better fruit than the Graham’s 1977. Long aftertaste. Excellent but at Berry Bros’ prices, I think I’d prefer two bottles of the Graham 1977 to this (and probably five-and-a-half bottles of the Graham’s 1983!).

Tasted at: BBR Port Walk 2017

Date: 24th November 2017

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 weighted slightly by their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port might receive a C rating for Certainly good which it might not were it to be a Vintage Port. 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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