Fonseca 1979 10-Year-Old Tawny: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Fonseca 1979 10-Year-Old Tawny. 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: On decanting, a small amount of very fine sediment was produced. Immediately gripping with its complexity but too spirity to enjoy. The spirit had properly integrated after 24 hours. Extremely impressing. The distinctive nose and “back-of-the-mouth” sensation of a tawny was still there but counteracted by a lovely mellow sensation.

Tasted at: Dinner party 15iv2009

No rating.

Tasting 2

No notes recorded.

Tasted at: Blind tasting, TCP

Date: 8th November 2010

Rated*: P

* 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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