Fonseca Vintage Port 1997

  • wa93
  • ws90
Fonseca Vintage Port 1997

SKU 2129


An attractive, floral scented nose, elegant and complex; raspberry and fresh berry aromas. A very elegant, smooth and complete wine. Hints of tobacco and cedar wood spice - enormous depth. Lovely rich fruit and big tannins. Long finish.
Category Port
Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Fonseca
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateSomewhat 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.

Robert Parker, January 2000
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorVery fruity, with currant and violet aromas. Subtle on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied and medium sweet, with silky tannins and a clean finish. Very like a claret. Tight. Give it a little time to open. This has always been a little disappointing. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Best after 2008. 9,500 cases made.

James Suckling, 2008