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 2009 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.

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2009 vintage
90 Points
Wine Spectator Insider
2009 vintage
Harvest Note
2009 will be remembered as a year of low yields. This was partly due to the small amount of fruit and also to the effect of the very dry ripening season. Dormancy ended very early, with bud burst starting at Pinhão in the first week of March. The ripening season started with relatively cool weather which continued throughout July but in August this turned to intense heat. From July through to the harvest in September, there was almost no rain. These hot, arid conditions produced concentrated musts, rich in colour, tannins and sugar and by early September the grapes had reached phenolic maturity. An early start to the harvest ensured that the wines had a good acid balance and avoided over ripeness.
Tasting Note
Deep purple black, wonderful exuberance, overflowing with red currants, blackcurrants and logan berries. The palate is sumptuous, rich in blackfruit and spice with a hint of mocha and a smidge of tobacco. The finish is long, encouraging you to reach for your glass to take another sip. Velvety smooth, but with great structure.
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: 3.79
ACIDITY: 4.34 g/L
ABV: 19.78%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 97 g
Unique Selling Points
  • 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
  • Similar characteristics of vintage Porto, but is ready to drink sooner than vintage

About the Grape

Tinta Amarela
Tinta Amarela makes wines with intensely perfumed aromas of blackberry and tea, bold structure, deep color and excellent depth.
Tinta Barroca
Used to make Port wines, this high yielding grape has very high sugar content, which makes wines with pronounced floral character, good structure and firm, ripe tannins.
Tinta Cão
This grape has blackberry, game and meaty aromas, and contributes longevity and exceptional elegance to the blend of Port wines.
Tinta Roriz
Tinta Roriz produces deep-colored grapes of moderate acidity which make bold wines with firm tannins, excellent complexity and distinctive resin-like fragrance.
Touriga Franca
This grape has high tannins and is very aromatic; it lends structure and balance to Port wines. It shows intense fresh red fruit, earth and flower aromas, and is very fruity on the palate.
Touriga Nacional
Touriga Nacional produces wine with finesse, body and warmth that is dark, concentrated, massively tannic and aromatic. It ages to show the complex aromas typically found in mature vintage port.
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