Fonseca 1998 “Guimaraens” Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Fonseca 1998 “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: A touch lighter than the 1998 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal, otherwise very similar in all other respects, except being unexpectedly a little more tannic.

Tasted at: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting

No rating.

Tasting 2

Notes: Deep rusty red rather than purple. Masses of attractive fruit on the nose. Perhaps very sweet, very fresh cherries. Perhaps even some strawberry. In the mouth, a very good combination of immediate hit of icing sugar, followed by rounded jammy fruits and a long after-taste, balanced by the merest touch of astringency and tannin. This is drinking extremely well now. Dangerously so.

Tasted at: Passover 2019.

Rated*: P+

A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: No; Possibly; or 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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