Late Bottled Vintage Porto (Unfiltered)

Fonseca

Late Bottled Vintage Porto (Unfiltered)

Region: Portugal / Douro Valley Porto

Fonseca’s three vineyards—Quinta do Panascal, Quinta de Cruzeiro and Quinta de Santo António—all form the backbone of Fonseca’s Late Bottled Vintage Portos, produced in excellent years when a general vintage is not declared. In the winery, the newly developed, robotic “Port Toes” technology for treading the grapes allows the winery to maximize the quality of the fruit by imitating the traditional action of human feet and avoiding damage to the bitter grape seeds. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. The wine is then matured in neutral oak and bottled without filtration to allow further evolution in the bottle.

92 Points

Wine Advocate

2011 vintage
92 Points

Wine Spectator

2011 vintage
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tasting note

This wine shows fresh, black fruit and dark cherry aromas and flavors, with spice notes. This concentrated, structured wine has great volume and mouthfeel, with fine length on the finish.

food pairing

An excellent pairing with full-flavored cheeses, especially blue cheeses, and with dark chocolate or fresh berry desserts. This wine is unfiltered and should be decanted because of sediment in the bottle.

points of distinction

  • A Late Bottled Vintage Porto made from fruit from Fonseca’s own estate vineyards
  • Produced in high quality vintages in which a general vintage is not declared
  • Offers many of the characteristics of vintage Porto, but is ready to drink sooner than vintage
  • about the grape +
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“My team and I strive to bring the very best performance out of our vineyards by careful nurturing of the vines, combined with the very best winemaking techniques available.”

– David Guimaraens, Winemaker

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