|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, July 2008|
Dense ruby/purple coloured, with an exotic, exuberant perfume of black fruits, flowers, incense and licorice, this unctuously-textured, full-bodied port is one of the most concentrated of the vintage. Sweet, expansive, and succulent, this large-scaled, but remarkably well-balanced effort is surprisingly forward and accessible (by Fonseca's standards).
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (143), October 2002|
Fabulous nose of crushed raspberries, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied and velvety, with superclean fruit and a long finish. Beauty. Very harmonious for Fonseca. Best after 2011. 12,500 cases made.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (Feb 20, 03), May 2003|
Tightly wound and unyielding. Lots of plum and raisiny character. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and very, very velvety, with lots of fruit and round tannins. Good grip. Very harmonious for Fonseca.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, May 2002|
Very bright colour, very single-minded nose. There's a lot of fruit but it's extremely focused at this stage. Intense - showing chocolate, tobacco, toasted wood - it's very charming and seems quite developed, being generous with the secondary flavours considering its age.Drink 2008-2038. Date tasted 24th Sep 08.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2009|