Fonseca 1985 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Fonseca 1985 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: More fruit on the nose. Complex, dense and fruity flavours. Excellent; the best of the Fonseca.

Tasted at: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting

Date: 4th April 2011

No rating.


Tasting 2

Notes: So much better than the Taylor 1985. Luscious fruits.

Tasted at: Berry Bros

Date: 1st December 2011

Rated*: C+


Tasting 3

Notes: Much deeper in colour than the other Ports at the tasting though slightly hazy. Very concentrated on the nose. In the mouth initially very dry followed by good concentrated red fruit. Long aftertaste with furry tannins. Perhaps disappointing compared to other Fonseca 1985s; much drier than expected an without the luscious fruits one might wish for.

Tasted at: The Bunghole

Date: 10th January 2012

Rated*: C


Tasting 4

Notes: Very accessible. Some tannins remain. Excellent drinking now. Second Port of the night after the Graham 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 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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