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The House of Fonseca

Fonseca 1985

Vintage Port

Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry.

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Tasting Note

Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge.  Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry.  Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. 

Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting.  Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. 

The full round palate is supported by thick well integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.  A wine poised between youth and maturity.

Sarah Ahmed

Sarah Ahmed

20 February 2015

" was impossible for me to spit this superlative vintage which, just as in 2013, remains full of youthful vim and's a very deep hue with signature Fonseca flamboyance to its sweet cherry almond pie, fresh grated coconut and spicy liquorice nose.  Yet, in the mouth, it's still very firm, with concentrated, darker, brooding berry and currant fruit woven in and around a firm, mineral, spicy chassis of tannins.  An exceptionally long, controlled finish is quite magnificent.  Wonderful back palate resonance.  Terrific." 

Michael Broadbent MW

Michael Broadbent MW

The Great Vintage Wine Book II

5 Stars

"Full bodied. Powerful. Still opaque; soft, sweet fleshy. Well endowed with fruit, alcohol and tannin for longevity. My style of wine. Magnificent. Drink 1998-2030. Potentially outstanding."

Robert Parker

Robert Parker

The Wine Buyers Guide

90 Points

"One of the top successes of the vintage. Dense ruby/purple with the Oriental spice box aroma, the 1985 is expansive, sweet, broadly flavoured wine with outstanding depth, concentration and balance.

James Suckling

James Suckling

Wine Spectator, Internet

1989 – 95 Points

"Deep inky color, with concentrated blackberry and raisin aromas, full bodied, with massive raisin flavors, a superb backbone and a very long finish. Drink 1998-2000.

International Wine Challenge

International Wine Challenge

2005 – Gold Medal

Notes on the year

The 1985 vintage was preceded by an exceptionally cold, wet winter, with night temperatures well below freezing in early January. Berryset was excellent and the young bunches perfectly formed.  The summer was hot throughout the region, with no rainfall during July and August.

Fonseca picked earlier than most other shippers and the harvest was brought in under ideal conditions before the rain which fell later in the month of September.  Conditions were ideal for fermentation resulting in must of exceptional colour and weight.

Vintage Port 1985