1970 Fonseca

- 750 ml
96
WS
Availability: Available Soon
$325.00
Availability: In stock
Product ID
12865-750-XX4

Wine Critic Reviews:

Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-bodied, with concentrated fruit flavors and plenty of tannins.

Wine Spectator | 96 WS
Tasted at the Vintners Company’s 650th anniversary celebration at Vintners Hall, the Fonseca 1970 was the finest bottle I have encountered. The bouquet opens beautifully with heady scents of clove, ginger, small red cherries, bergamot and allspice, displaying exquisite definition and harmony. The palate follows suit with lovely balance and poise in the mouth, notes of kirsch, shaved ginger and walnut building to an opulent, viscous finish that lacquers the mouth. Yet this bottle shows more control than the bottle tasted four years ago. The 1970 Fonseca is in a very nice place at the moment. You should join it. Tasted May 2013.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 95 RP-NM

Sokolin 1970 Fonseca Tasting Notes:

Sometimes, a bit of darkness helps set the mood. This wine is broody and somewhat mysterious at first, before unleashing a cocktail of seductive, pungent aromatics, including dark cherries, licorice, warm hazelnuts, cured leather, and nutmeg. It's a multi-dimensional, diverse offering, and this continues on to the palate. Dark fruits continue to dominate along with a touch of strawberries, and a penetrating thread of mint. It's a medium-bodied, endlessly elegant wine, with a level of subtlety and detail that surpasses many wines of its generation. The finish is long and intense, holding your tongue and mind in a vice grip of pure tension.

The excellent aging potential of this wine lets it be a reliable option for when you feel the time is just right. Share it with your friends over some chocolate or roast beef, and let the drink do the talking. You just might find yourself surprised at how approachable a wine like this can be.

More Information
Availability Available Soon
Vintage 1970
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 96 WS
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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Varietal Other
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