Celebrating 200 years of Fonseca. In its Bicentenary year (2015), Fonseca released a Guimaraens Vintage Port from the 2013 harvest. Commenting on the release, Fonseca's Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, noted: "Fonseca started trading two hundred years ago on 8th April, 1815. Given the firm's undisputed position as a 'first growth' Vintage Port producer, I am delighted that we will be marking this historic event and celebrating the Bicentenary of the house with the release of a textbook 2013 Guimaraens Vintage Port." He added: "Guimaraens Vintage Ports have been made for over a century, drawing on the best produce of Fonseca's own estates in years that produce more supple and early maturing wines. The 2013 is a worthy successor to this tradition".
Fonseca's wine maker David Guimaraens added: "2013 can be described as a 'watershed' harvest, with exceptionally rich, powerful wines being produced prior to the rains of late September and lighter wines thereafter. The Ports made on the Fonseca estates in the first week of the vintage were outstanding, allowing us to produce a very fine Guimaraens 2013 vintage blend, full bodied and packed with dense berry fruit flavour."
Vivid magenta rim surrounds an opaque purple-black core. The Guimaraens 2013 displays the opulent fruit character which defines the Fonseca house style. The nose opens with a surge of powerful and intense woodland berry aroma, rich and succulent but with no hint of over-ripeness. Hints of apricot emerge as the wine opens up in the glass, followed by warmer notes of cedar, wood smoke and dark chocolate. An array of discreet floral and herbal scents contribute an additional dimension of complexity. The palate is almost overwhelmed by rich dark berry flavours and the dense, compact tannins provide impressive volume and weight. Deceptively velvety on the mid-palate, the tannins emerge with a firm, confident grip on the finish. This is a Vintage Port whose seductive, hedonistic fruitiness make it an attractive choice for early drinking but which has the background and stamina to ensure a long life in bottle.
"Elegant, with good grip to the dark cherry, plum and minerally flavors. Lithe midpalate, featuring a complex finish that weaves together well-proportioned notes of slate, white pepper and dark chocolate. Drink now through 2035." 93 Points Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator.
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