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Fonseca Vintage Port
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18½/20

Fonseca Vintage Port 2017

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalQuinta do Panascal is the heart of this terrific release, and it was the first Fonseca quinta to start picking on 6 September. The opening is highly attractive and frankly a little less boisterous than Fonseca can be in most vintage years. Don’t be fooled. The legendary black fruit and minty floral notes swirl about the wine. As lush as the attack is, there is a wonderful counterbalance to the plenty in the glass: a stony, mineral, undercurrent followed by an unexpected level of dryness in the finish. As much fun as it is to drink now, it will easily wait 20-30 years for the ultimate expression of the year and the property.Tasted: 02 November 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 159.00 private wine shops AB 149.00 private wine stores ON 143.00 LCBO QC 140.00 MB 125.00 SK 129.00 SaskLiquor Producer: Fonseca GuimaraensDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Touriga Franca - Tinta Roriz - Tinta BarrocaCSPC: 842047UPC: 5013521103575