Fonseca 2009 Vintage Port (75cl, 20.5%)

Fonseca 2009 Vintage Port (75cl, 20.5%)

The 2009 Fonseca was a small production. This vintage has the highest anthocyanin count evolving into a magnificent port with a quintessential, primal Fonseca bouquet. Impenetrable black color. Classic Fonseca nose.

2009 will be remembered as a year of low yields. This was due in part to the small quantity of grapes, but also to the effect of a very dry ripening season. A quick start to harvesting at the Fonseca estates ensured that the wines had a good balance of acidity and avoided overripening. 

Fonseca has been part of the first category of Vintage Port wine producers since the mid-19th century. Fonseca Vintage Port wines are known for their lush fruitiness that develops great opulence and complexity with age. Their wines appeal to the enthusiast and connoisseur, perhaps more than the Vintage Ports of any other house, because they are the result of inspired production and a deep knowledge of viticulture and terroir.

Vintage Port wines represent the best of the products of an exceptional year. Unlike Port wines that age in wood, Vintage Port wines will continue to age and improve in bottle for decades, inscribing in their character both the characteristics of the vineyard and the influence of the winemaker.

The company's Vintage Port wines come from its own estates: Cruzeiro and Santo António in the Pinhão valley, which have contributed to the company's Vintage Port blend for 100 years, as well as the Panascal estate in the Távora valley.

Vintage Ports represent the best from an exceptional year. Strong cheeses such as Stilton or chocolate truffles are classic pairings. Walnuts are an excellent accompaniment to Vintage Port, as are blue-veined and other richly flavored cheeses. So too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs. Alternatively, simply savor the rich and complex flavors of the wine on their own in a generously proportioned glass with good company.

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