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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2005
Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2005
(search item no. 107994)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This luxuriant, firmly structured wine is marked by intense black fruit and cassis flavors and aromas with nuances of spice, nutmeg and sweet herbs set in a plummy, saturated texture ending in a lush finish.
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About Fonseca Guimaraens:

Fonseca Port was founded in 1822 and grew rapidly in reputation and importance. Since its foundation, successive generations of the Guimaraens family have upheld the Company’s reputation. Today, Fonseca occupies a leading position as a specialist producer of quality wood ports and as one of the top vintage houses.

Fonseca may indeed be unique in the annals of Port in that every Fonseca vintage port in the last 100 years has been made by just four members of the Guimaraens family. The fourth member, David Guimaraens, continues the tradition having taken over from his father as winemaker in 1992. This remarkable continuity of winemaker is clearly evident in the wine. The company continues to foot tread every single grape grown in its three vineyards in granite stone troughs in the traditional way.

In his book, Vintage Port, James Suckling has written: "Fonseca is the King of Port. It produces the best Vintage Port in every declared year, with very few exceptions." Robert Parker summed up Fonseca's style as "The most exotic and most complex Port...With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage Ports."