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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Fonseca Vintage Port 1997
Fonseca Vintage Port 1997
(search item no. 13542)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fonseca vintage ports are renowned for their great fruit richness and voluptuousness, and, while powerful and mouthfilling, for their breed and balance. In the context of each vintage, they combine the tannic dimension and ""grip"" which give great port its longevity with the structure and complexity that are Fonsecas hallmark. Among the Douros first growths, Fonseca Vintage Port is clearly the ""Pétrus"" of Port.
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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."