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2016 Fonseca

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

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RATINGS

98James Suckling

Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive.

97The Wine Advocate

97Wine Spectator

...bramble, spearmint and blueberry notes, with the energy extending through the core of dark plum, blackberry and fig fruit. The finish features a strong graphite spine, allowing this to draw deep water, but this remains stylish in feel overall.

97Wine Enthusiast

This bottling brings together a fine structure with great fruit...ripe berry flavors sustained by some acidity, this is already balanced.

96Vinous / IWC

...bouquet is very intense with luscious black fruit laced with embers, clove and hints of bay leaf...palate is sweet and lively on the entry with some gorgeous ginger and curry leaf notes littered over the compact black fruit... It is like a coiled spring with so much energy towards the finish... Superb.

17.5+ Jancis Robinson

...hedonistic and ripe with masses of sweetness almost masking a rigorous corset of tannins. You really taste the heat here – but in a very ripe fruit way, not in a hot spirit way.

REGION

Portugal

Portugal is best known for its two legendary fortified wines, Port and Madeira, but it also produces significant amounts of red and white table wine. In most years it ranks around the 10th or 11th largest wine producer in the world. In 2013, for instance, Portugal was the 11th largest producer just after Germany. Wine has always been produced in Portugal and in fact the country was the first to organize an appellation system, which it did in 1756, nearly 200 years before the French set up their appellations. The highest quality wines are labeled D.O.C. for Denominaçào de Origem Controlada. Many of the most innovative winemakers today, however, are avoiding the appellation system, which they deem too stifling for modern winemaking practices. The Douro Valley is the nation’s most important wine producing region, and it is the capital of Port production. The Portuguese island of Madeira, located 400 miles west of Morocco, is the nation’s other famous wine region, having produced Madeira for export for more than 400 years. Many red and white wine grapes grow in Portugal, though the best known is Touriga Nacional, the red grape used for Port and, increasingly, high quality table wines. Touriga Nacional produces dark, tannic, fruity wines.

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