An attractive, floral scented nose, elegant and complex; raspberry and fresh berry aromas.
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An attractive, floral scented nose, elegant and complex; raspberry and fresh berry aromas. A very elegant, smooth and complete wine. Hints of tobacco and cedar wood spice - enormous depth. Lovely rich fruit and big tannins. Long finish.
The Wine Spectator
"Fonseca '97 is one of the finest wines of the vintage. It is a fabulous young Port, with stunning aromas of liquorice, tar and berries, gobs of thick, chewy tannins and a long finish. I placed this young Port in Wine Spectator's classic quality category, 95-100 points.
The World’s Greatest Wine Estates
2005 – 93 points
"…this dark ruby/purple colored wine offers a floral, exotic, flamboyant bouquet and a sweet, fleshy style, but not a great deal of weight or massiveness. Heady alcohol, sweet tannin, and a velvety texture make for a gorgeous finish."
February 2001 – 96 points
"Classically sweet, opulent fruit, with fine concentration of sweet black-fruit flavors and chocolate. The typical Fonseca iron fist in a velvet glove."
Notes on the year
The Winter and Spring of 1997 were warm and dry. The higher than normal temperatures in February and March brought on early bud burst and the berry set for all the vineyards was very good.
From flowering up to September there were frequent rain showers which meant that the initial advance to the season was lost to a more gradual ripening period. The weather during the harvest was extremely hot and extra effort was made to prolong the fermentations. Yields however were down by around 30%.
The high quality was evident in the wines from the start, with the intensity of the must, good integration of spirit and powerful attractive aromas.