Fonseca Vintage Port 1997 | 750 ml.

Item #: 10867

Store Location: 11AR

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  • Portugal
  • Douro
  • 1997
  • 750 ml.
  • 11AR | Bin#: 0
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Critical Acclaim

SP91 Wine Spectator 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." (91 pts.)

WE96 Wine Enthusiast 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." (96 pts.)

RP93 Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 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." (93 pts.)

WS95 Wine & Spirits 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." (95 pts.)


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More Information
Product TypeWine
Alternate NameFonseca Vintage Port
Product Location - Location-AppellationDouro
Package Size750 ml.
Bottles per Case12
Spirit/Port StyleVintage Port
Bin Location0
Premier PickNo
Wine Spectator Top 100 Year6
Dollar Sale (Y/N)No
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