Fonseca Vintage 1997 Port is a young and elegant Vintage Port with ripe berries aroma; a Fonsecas “Classic that you’ll want to savour several times.
It is also a great gift for someone very special.
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Aged for 24 months in oak casks and then in bottles for several years.
Produced only with grapes from Fonsecas farms – Quinta de Santo António, Quinta do Cruzeiro and Quinta do Panascal from a single harvest in a particular year.
The grapes are trodden by foot in stone wine mills.
An attractive, fragrant, elegant and complex wine with a raspberry and fresh wild berries aromas.
This is a very elegant, delicate and complete wine with tobacco hints and wood notes, enormous depth, rich and lovely fruit and huge tannins.
It possesses a long finish.
The 1997 winter and spring were relatively warm and dry.
In February and March, higher than normal temperatures caused the early onset of the buds, having the grape-berries formation been very good in all vineyards.
From flowering until September, there was frequent rain, which attenuated the seasons initial breakthrough and gave way to a period of more gradual ripening. The weather during the harvest was extremely hot and an extra effort was necessary to extend fermentation time.
The yields, however, was inferior by 30%, approximately.
The wine high quality was evident from the start with the must intensity, the good integration of spirit and the powerful and attractive aromas.
Croft 2009 Vintage Port
This Vintage Port was created in 2009, which will be remembered as a year of low yields, due, in part, to the small amount of fruit and the effects of a very dry ripening season.
The ripening season started with relatively cold weather that remained so until July.
However, August was intensely hot.
An early harvest granted wines a good acid balance and avoided over-ripening.
This is a Vintage Port for early consumption, a wine full of blackberry aromas and a floral touch; a second, very intense Fonseca's wine. A good alternative that you will wish to find out for yourself. Bottled in 2000