Fonseca Guimaraens, often simply called Fonseca, is one of the largest Port wine houses in Portugal. Manoel Pedro Guimaraens established the company in 1822 when he acquired control of the Fonseca and Monteiro Company from the Fonseca Family by purchase of the majority of Fonseca owned shares. A condition of the sale of Fonseca's shares was that the name Fonseca remain as the brand name. David Guimaraens, the great-great-great grandson of the founder Manuel Pedro, has been the head winemaker since 1994, and oversees the winemaking and blending for all four Taylor Fladgate Port houses: Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca Guimaraens, Croft, and Delaforce.
Wonderful intense black inky core and narrow purple rim. A mass of dark blackberry and blackcurrant fruit on the nose. Compact and concentrated, it displays exceptional purity - a hallmark of the 2011 vintage. The nose opens to reveal an array of herbal scents, discreet notes of exotic wood, marzipan and plum alongside an attractive graphite minerality. Solid well integrated tannins give volume and firmness to the palate with its dense black fruit infused with dark chocolate and liquorice. A delightfully vigourous, concentrated fruit-driven Vintage Port, showing the classic opulence of Fonseca.
Try this wine with top end cheese, especially cheddar and blue veined, treacle tart and a chocolate pot with cherry syrup.
"Heady, opulent nose. Completely enveloping, Smells as though there is going to be the most fabulous texture. Wow! All stops pulled out for this one. It's all absolutely gorgeous intensity of sweet fruit on the front palate and then gradually the schist and structure reveal themselves. This is really wonderful stuff. So tempting to sip it decades before it is ready."
Score: 19.5/20 Jancis Robinson