Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2014
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Because it has been bottled without filtering, this Port has a chance to age. It has the opulent character of a Fonseca Port, enhanced by the fine vintage. Rich and full in the mouth, the wine's stewed blackberry and sweet plum flavors, both underlined by tannins, are sure to age well. Drink from 2021.
This is starting to mellow, with warm ganache, espresso and tobacco notes emerging from the core of well-steeped plum and black currant fruit flavors. A licorice snap detail streaks through on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2027. 7,800 cases made, 1,300 cases imported.
The 2014 Late Bottled Vintage Port was bottled in December 2018 with 104 grams of residual sugar and a bar-top cork. This is unfiltered. The nose predicts a sweet and enticing wine. The fruit is actually a bit more restrained than the nose suggested, but in a very difficult year, this is nonetheless a notable success that does not surrender much. It shows well, has good expression of fruit and enticing aromatics, including a bit of a cistus nuance. I loved the chocolate and toast on the finish. And there is a fair share of power leading to good grip on that finish. It may well be that the structure is a bit better than the fruit, but it does well on all fronts. It is an admirable effort in a tough year. It is ready to drink now and needs no significant development time, but it certainly has some ability to hold if you wish to hold it a few years.