1963 Fonseca

- 750 ml
98
DEC
Availability: Out of Stock
$475.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
10802-750-XX4

Wine Critic Reviews:

Served at the bicentenary dinner in June, I was served from two bottles. One was fragrant and floral, sweet and elegant with gentle tannic grip, but soft and redolent of a tawny on the finish. The other, on which I base this score, had the focus and dark chocolate intensity one would expect from this great year. Spellbinding depth, with bitter chocolate and thick-cut marmalade in perfect balance. Drinking Window 2015 - 2040.

Decanter Magazine | 98 DEC
A grand slam. Deep ruby with a slightly red edge, intense black cherry and raspberry nose, full-bodied, with masses of fruit, full tannins and an extremely long finish. This can age indefinitely.

Wine Spectator | 98 WS
This example was bottled in Porto and remained in the house’s bin until this tasting. The 1963 Vintage Port has a dark russet color. The nose is beautifully defined, perhaps this particular bottle less exuberant than other that I have encountered. It offers walnut, small cherries, juniper berries and a touch of spirit that expands in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful balance and fine tannins. It has tremendous weight matched by nigh perfect acidity. It is very harmonious, almost honeyed towards the finish with hazelnut and cloves infusing the decayed fruit and hints of menthol on the spicy aftertaste. This is a sublime Fonseca that will last another two or three decades with ease. Drink now-2030+.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 96 RP-NM

Sokolin 1963 Fonseca Tasting Notes:

This wine hits like a battering ram; it’s a full-bodied powerhouse that leaves no one indifferent. On the nose, you’re graced with a lush, bountiful bouquet of black cherries, cured leather, cinnamon, and forest flowers. This fragrance carries over to the palate, where you experience one of the ripest fruit sensations in your life. The complex, silky texture keeps your mind and palate stimulated, and as the wine unfolds in your glass, flavors such as savory meat, cigar box, and tea begin to creep in.

The level of balance is otherworldly, making the wine easy to drink even for novices. This approachability helps the wine shine at gatherings and parties, or anywhere where a great first impression is important. Watch the city go to sleep or listen to the countryside wilderness as you sip one of the most delicious reds on the planet. Live the tradition, and rediscover your love of wine once again.
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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1963
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country Portugal: In many ways, Portuguese wine is the result of various cultural incursions and different traditions being brought to the region. It's a melting pot of ideas and styles, and this is perfectly reflected in the wines themselves. Portugal is home to an incredible number of unique varietals, which makes each wine that much more exciting and irreplicable. Visiting Portugal is one of the most enlightening parts of an individual's life-long wine journey, and some would say the region is still underappreciated. Open your mind to Portugal's wines and expand your horizons. Make sure to save a bottle or two for your friends!
Producer Fonseca: A Portuguese winery with over two hundred years of excellence under their belt, Fonseca delivers astounding quality red wine every year. With a tradition like that, there's no doubt as to their ability to remain on top of the market for the foreseeable future. Their wines are approachable enough for a complete novice while still having the ability to bring tears of joy to a viticultural veteran's eyes. When it comes to those who appreciate wine, it's not uncommon to encounter a taste for sweets. The fluffy and delicious flavor of Fonseca wines makes them perfect for parties, as they're super-accessible and relatively light. Bring them out when that special someone comes over to set the mood or gift a bottle or two to a friend at a wedding or celebration.
Rating 98 DEC
Region Port: Oporto is the home to the most exceptional Portuguese wines out there. Located on the Atlantic coast, one of the largest cities of Portugal is also one of the most well-regarded wine regions in this European country. At its beginnings, Port wine was more acidic and dry than today. That was due to brandy, which winemakers added to wine to keep it stable before they shipped it to the UK. Later on, brandy was used to capture the sweet ripe grape flavors, which contributed to the maturing potential of Port wines. Vinho do Porto is one of the favorite dessert wines for many, given it's usually irresistibly sweet. However, other varieties are also known to win the hearts of wine enthusiasts all over the world with beautiful whites, and delicious semi-dry reds, whether they're aged in bottles or in barrels. There are more than a hundred different grape varieties in Port, but only five have made it to the top. Tinta Barroca, typical for the Douro region, and Tempranillo, known for its early ripening, are some of the most commonly blended ones. Tempranillo is also famous for its remarkable strawberry and plum hints on the palate. To get to know Port wines, one must not miss out on Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, or Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port.
Type of Wine Port: Port wines have always been different than other European wines due to their history with brandy, and today they're highly appreciated by wine enthusiasts on all the continents. Red Port wines are typically made of Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Nacional grape varietals. As for whites, most of them are based on Gouveio, Moscatel Galego, and Malvasia Fina varieties.
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