Fonseca vintage Ports are always among the most attractive and long-lived. This 2003 conforms magnificently to that model. It is structured, rich, powerful and opulent. There are cassis and black fig flavors, as well as sweet tannins. It is delicious already, and will remain delicious throughout its long life. Imported by Kobrand.
Dense and serious, a powerful vintage, as would be expected from Fonseca. The whole emphasis of the wine pushes the tannins forward, but this structure is based on black plums with dark fruit skins and a solid, chunky character. The finish is juicy and bold.
A classic Fonseca, rich and powerful, with just an extra edge of weight from the vintage. It has a dry character, a tannic edge that gives great promise, but the open-hearted fruit is all there. A wonderfully intense wine for aging.
In the Fonseca tradition, this is a hugely rich wine, very dense. It is not all weight, with excellently integrated firm tannins and a range of complex flavors, from nuts and berry fruits to full frontal ripeness. There is some dryness to finish.
Fruity, big, ripe wine, its tannins enveloped in the ripe forward fruit. There is sweetness here from black figs and berries, while red berries give acidity. Will it age? Yes, there are tannins to put it on the long road.
A strong candidate for Port of the vintage, Fonseca's 2001 Quinta do Panascal boasts a nose filled with rich, dense, brooding fruit. Blackberries and plums rush the palate; it's lush and fruity, yet given shape by some dusty tannins. Turns chocolaty on the finish. Likely to be an early-maturing vintage; drink 2010–2020, possibly beyond.