Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011

Fonseca

Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011

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

The wines used to produce Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage were drawn from a reserve of some of the best full bodied red ports produced during the 2011 harvest, from grapes grown on Fonseca’s own vineyards and other top properties in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. These wines are aged in wood vats of 50 pipes (27,500 litres) capacity and then bottled after five years. A limited quantity of this outstanding blend was produced. Late Bottled Vintage is bottled when ready to drink. This port benefits from being decanted before serving, as it is not filtered when bottled.

94 Points

Decanter World Wine Awards

2011 vintage
94 Points

Wine & Spirits

2011 vintage
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harvest note

The winter preceding the 2011 harvest was wetter and colder than the 30-year average. Budburst occurred as usual in mid-March and warm weather and rainfall in April produced vigorous growth. At the beginning of May dry conditions set in and there was little rainfall in eastern areas of the Douro until late August. However, the vines were able to draw from the plentiful ground water reserves built up during the previous winter and bunches developed and ripened in ideal conditions. Véraison occurred a little earlier than usual, on June 15th. Mild weather in June and July was broken only by a heat wave in the second half of June. August was hot and dry, with perfectly timed rainfall on August 21st and September 1st rounding off an excellent ripening season and producing a well-balanced crop.

tasting note

Deep purple black in color. A fine, elegant bouquet. Rich black fruit and dark cherry aromas, with hints of eucalyptus and spice. The palate shows luscious, rich blackberry fruit and a hint of blueberry. A wine with lovely textural quality; velvety smooth. The finish is rich in flavor and wonderfully intense and long.

food pairing

A perfect end to the meal, this benefits from decanting. A generously-proportioned glass will show its rich fruity nose best. Excellent with full-flavored blue cheeses (Stilton or Roquefort), chocolate and berry fruit desserts.

technical data

GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela
APPELLATION: Douro
PH: 3.8
ACIDITY: 4.54 g/L
ABV: 20.1%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 108 g

points of distinction

  • An LBV made from Fonseca’s own estate vineyard grapes
  • Produced in high quality vintages
  • Shows many of the characters of vintage Porto, but is ready to drink sooner
  • 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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