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Fonseca 1997

Tasting Notes

Somewhat 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.

93
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (126), January 2000
91
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com

Slightly dull purple. Raw nose. Very sweet at first then very very dry, rasping tannins on the finish. A very youthful, unformed wine which may develop into something special but is very difficult to judge at present. Drink 2012-2022. Date tasted 13th Oct 04.

17
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005
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