Classic Vintage Porto 2017

Fonseca

Classic Vintage Porto 2017

Region: Portugal / Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca

Fonseca’s three vineyards—Quinta do Panascal, Quinta de Cruzeiro and Quinta de Santo António—all form the backbone of the famous Fonseca Vintage Portos, produced only in vintages that are “declared” as being of the highest quality. Fonseca is recognized across the Douro as a leader of viticultural practices for Porto and has spearheaded development of organic and sustainable programs across the region. The fruit for Fonseca’s Vintage Portos is trod by foot in granite lagares on the estate. 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 aged for two years in oak before being bottled unfiltered.

98 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2017 vintage
94 Points

Wine & Spirits

2017 vintage
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harvest note

In spite of a cold and dry start to the year, the first buds appeared earlier than usual, around March 10th. Spring remained dry with only about 3 inches of rain falling in Pinhão in April. These conditions accelerated vine growth, bringing on an early flowering at the beginning of May. June saw very high temperatures and véraison started much earlier than usual around the 18th. Temperatures eased somewhat in August, bringing relatively cool nights. Predictably, the crop reached maturity very early. Quinta do Panascal was the first Fonseca property to start picking on 6th September 6th. The two Pinhão Valley estates, Cruzeiro and Santo António, followed on 10th and 17th respectively. These were the earliest picking dates in a generation. The thick-skinned grapes yield very dense musts, with impressive depth of color. Although the volume of production was low overall, a high proportion of the wines made were of exceptional quality and their promise was apparent from an early stage.

tasting note

A narrow magenta ring around a core of purple black. The nose opens with a burst of dark, woodland fruit, dense and succulent with fresh, vibrant red berry aromas. A slatey minerality holds this exuberant fruitiness in check. The nose reveals leafy, balsamic scents and cedary notes. The first impression on the palate is of tightly packed, dense dark berry fruit, which then explodes on the mid-palate and surges into the long finish. The texture is round and velvety but the taut, sinewy tannins and crisp acidity provide firmness and structure. The layered, complex fruit holds sway over this weighty, powerful wine.

food pairing

Pairs well with blue cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort and desserts of dark chocolate or berries. Should be decanted before serving due to sediment.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
APPELLATION: Douro
PH: 3.9
ACIDITY: 4.1 g/l
ABV: 20%
AGING: Aged for 2 years in large, conditioned French oak vats before bottling. Will continue to age in bottle for decades.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 98 g/l

points of distinction

  • The only Port house to receive perfect 100-point scores for four different vintages
  • Finely constituted fruit, a hallmark of the house style, with attractive minerality
  • Made with 100% foot-trodden grapes from our own properties
  • This wine will develop for decades in the bottle
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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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