The best wine from a difficult decade for Port. Still youthful on the nose; gently perfumed floral character. Sweet, fleshy palate with gentle, berry fruit backed by perppery tannic grip. Dry finish. Drinking range: 2014 - 2025 Rating: 91 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2014)
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Dense purple, a little bit of brown at the rim, but still a very youthful wine. Fiery, herby palate. Spice, blackbery fruit, lovely acidity, firm tannins, fresh acidity, spirit well integrated. Good length, fine balance. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Mar 2011)
Manuel Pedro Guimaraens bought out the Fonseca family's share of Fonseca & Monteiro in 1822, sold with the proviso that the Company would always bear the Fonseca name, and the Guimaraens family have controlled Fonseca ever since, even after absorbtion by Taylors, Fladgate & Yeatman in 1948. Not long after taking control of the Company, due to his support of the deposed King Pedro IV, Manuel was forced to flee Portugal (allegedly in an empty wine barrel) and settled in London, from where Fonseca was run until 1927 when the Guimaraens family returned to Portugal. David Guimaraens is the winemaker today, not only at Fonseca but Taylors too. In recent years especially, Fonseca and Taylors have elevated themselves clearly above their rivals for the sheer quality and prestige of their Vintage Ports.
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