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Fonseca 1994

Vintage Port

Dark red, ruby edge. Dense blackcurrant fruit, very fresh and elegant, incredible balance of fine fruit and the first hints of bottle maturity.

 
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Tasting Note

Dark red, ruby edge.  Dense blackcurrant fruit, very fresh and elegant, incredible balance of fine fruit and the first hints of bottle maturity. 

A textbook year in the vineyard, with low yields and moderate temperatures throughout the season has made this incredibly dense port with a freshness of fruit in character with the 1963s and 1912s. 

On the palate it is very full, with lots of fine tannins which carry loads of fresh blackcurrant fruit. The youth it still holds today is the testament of how extraordinary this vintage is, and the capacity it has to continue to age for the rest of this century.

James Suckling

James Suckling

The Wine Spectator

April 1997 – 100 Points

"Hold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977 - probably even better than that of the legendary vintage - more like the breathtaking 1948. Masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Big, full bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish."

James Suckling

James Suckling

The Wine Spectator

January 1998

"Choosing the Wine of the Year is no easy task when there are so many classic wines worthy of the honor. It is even more difficult when two of those wines have perfect 100-point ratings and are made by the same winemaker. So we decided to double your pleasure by choosing both Fonseca Vintage Port 1994 and Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1994 for the No. 1 position on Wine Spectator's annual Top 100 list for 1997.

This marks the first time in the history of Wine Spectator's Top 100 that two wines have earned top honor."

Notes on the year

The winter of 1993-1994 was extremely wet throughout the region. As a result, most vineyards experienced a very low yield, with production down as much as 75% in relation to the average in some areas of the Douro.

In spite of the poor start, the growing season was satisfactory, with dry warm weather broken only by a few short periods of rain (two days in August and four in early September). In contrast to the preceding three years, there were no periods of very intense summer heat in the summer - the temperature never exceeded 38ºc - and this, combined with well-timed rainfall, has resulted in an evenly-ripened crop, producing musts rich in sugar, anthocyanins and aroma.

Vintage Port 1994