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Fonseca Vintage Port

1997 / 750 ml.


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750 ml.
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12 bottles

Fonseca Vintage Port  1997 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

96 pts.: 12/31/1999

In both 1992 and 1994, Fonseca was the top wine of the vintage, and now again in 1997 it is the finest wine both out of barrel and in bottle. A seamless wine that shows complex aromas of plum and spices, the structure to age effortlessly, and a lovely long finish.

95 pts. : December 1, 2000

David Guimaraens inherited the winemaking responsibilities for Fonseca and Taylor from his father Bruce, and anyone might assume that he lucked out with the ’94 vintage, his first solo release. Neither Guimaraens, however, is prone to rely on luck. As part of the Taylor/Fonseca team, Bruce worked tirelessly to perfect the styles of his Vintage wines, and David may just be the guy to take these remarkable wines beyond their current stature. His ’97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintage…

95 pts.: December 1, 2000

His ’97 Fonseca may prove to be the wine of the vintage: It strikes a chord as the ultimate central Douro wine, the fat, round tone of a Fonseca chord, then its bandwidth begins to modulate, to expand and contract in waves of power, of fruit, spice and dried flowers. The color grows from its depth, while the surface of the wine remains smooth and impenetrable at first, merely wood scents, red fruits, streamlines and constrained. The spice is the first element to expand, stretching into higher tones, then the fat center of the wine expands into the pear-shaped glistening Port that Fonseca is destined to become. This wine is alive, its Douro spirit more complete and powerful than the sum of its individual parts.

93 pts.: 31st Dec 1999

Somewhat of a lightweight for Fonseca, but undeniably charming, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet, a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish. While I would have preferred to have seen more weight, structure, and intensity, this is an outstanding, albeit lighter than normal Fonseca. Anticipated maturity: now–2020.

91 pts.: Feb 29, 2000

A young Port, with good, dark color and mineral and raspberry character. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a firm, silky finish. This is outstanding, but I expected a little more from Fronseca; not as impressive as when tasted from barrel. Best after 2006.