Fonseca 1996 “Guimaraens” Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Fonseca 1996 “Guimaraens” 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 forceful on the nose than the 1995. Some rancio on the nose. Nice, with lots of sweetness in the mouth. Notably less tannic than the 1995 with less complexity, too.

Tasted at: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting

Date: 4th April 2011

No rating.


Tasting 2

Notes: More forceful on the nose than the 1995. Some rancio on the nose. Nice, with lots of sweetness in the mouth. Notably less tannic than the 1995 with less complexity, too.

Tasted at: Green’s Oyster Bar

Date: 2nd December 2014

No rating.


Tasting 3

Notes: Good purple in the middle, fading round the edge. Nice “porty” smell with some distant red fruits. In the mouth, some sugar and a little red currants followed by moderate tannins and acidity. Aftertaste is pleasantly long and full of caramel. Very nice drinking at the moment.

Date: 3rd March 2016

Rated*: C


Tasting 4

Notes: Cork completely disintegrated on removal. Very drinkable!

Date: 4th March 2017

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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