2003 Fonseca Vintage Port
Port - 750ML
  • IWC 97
  • WE 97
  • WS 96
  • W&S 95
  • WA 94
  • NM 93
  • JR 91

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IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2006
Saturated deep ruby. Brooding, reticent nose of cassis and kirsch; there's nothing cooked about this one! Then massive, sweet and superrich in the mouth; explodes with exotic ripeness. Intriguing note of graphite. This... Saturated deep ruby. Brooding, reticent nose of cassis and kirsch; there's nothing cooked about this one! Then massive, sweet and superrich in the mouth; explodes with exotic ripeness. Intriguing note of graphite. This coats every nook and cranny of the palate and clings and builds on the back end in a way that no other wine of this vintage can match. Huge, sexy and wonderfully lush Fonseca, built for the long haul. As impressive as the best 2000s, and, along with the Quinta do Noval Nacional, is an early candidate for port of the 2003 vintage.
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast, November 2005
Fonseca vintage Ports are always among the most attractive and long-lived. This 2003 conforms magnificently to that model. It is structured, rich, powerful and opulent. There are cassis and black fig flavors, as well as... Fonseca vintage Ports are always among the most attractive and long-lived. This 2003 conforms magnificently to that model. It is structured, rich, powerful and opulent. There are cassis and black fig flavors, as well as sweet tannins. It is delicious already, and will remain delicious throughout its long life.
WS 96
Wine Spectator, July 2006
Lots of grape and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied chewy and lightly sweet. Serious concentration with lots of grip on the finish. Just what to expect from a young Vintage Port. Best after 2012. 12000 cases made.
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits, December 2005
This is a beauty right now. Violet in color, scent and texture, Fonseca uses all the plumpness of the vintage to best advantage. It glistens with freshness, with long, dark fruit flavors held in place almost invisibly by... This is a beauty right now. Violet in color, scent and texture, Fonseca uses all the plumpness of the vintage to best advantage. It glistens with freshness, with long, dark fruit flavors held in place almost invisibly by the persistence of tannin. The schisty scent of smoke off broken rock gives the structure its electricity, and, with the freshness of the fruit, will sustain the wine for decades. Drink 2028-'43.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2017
The 2003 Vintage Port comes in with 92 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a big boy in terms of voluptuous fruit, but (at least as double decanted overnight), it is drinkable now, even if it still tightens... The 2003 Vintage Port comes in with 92 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a big boy in terms of voluptuous fruit, but (at least as double decanted overnight), it is drinkable now, even if it still tightens noticeably as it sits in the glass. Make no mistake, though—it is nowhere near peak. This rather dry Fonseca is big and fat, yet there is also some concept of balance here, surprisingly. This very warm vintage wasn't exactly shy. The concentration easily counters the power, and it steadily acquired better balance as it sat and aired. In terms of complexity, there's no there there yet, if you'll allow the Gertrude Stein summary. In that sense, at least, it is far too young and needs another decade. Winemaker David Guimaraens told me that he thinks his grandchildren will be able to enjoy it, so there is no rush. Cellar this for another decade, at the least, more like 20 years if you like them softer and more complex. This will still improve, but it has some more questions to answer in the cellar. - Mark Squires
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2011
93+ The Fonseca 2003 has a typically high-toned bouquet of macerated dark cherries, fig, blueberry jam and a touch of warm gravel. It is quite impenetrable at the moment. The palate is smooth and voluptuous, very... 93+ The Fonseca 2003 has a typically high-toned bouquet of macerated dark cherries, fig, blueberry jam and a touch of warm gravel. It is quite impenetrable at the moment. The palate is smooth and voluptuous, very harmonious with ripe, luscious dark berry fruit interlaced with black tea, blueberry and cassis. Very caressing on the long succulent, yet slightly smudged finish, but will it develop the profundity of other Fonseca vintages? This should improve with another decade in bottle. Tasted May 2011.
JR 91
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, May 2018
(17.5/20) Dense, dark blackish ruby. Interesting putty note on the nose. Very sweet and mouth-filling. You have to struggle a bit to see the tannins underneath all that sweet fruit but it’s certainly Fonseca and capable... (17.5/20) Dense, dark blackish ruby. Interesting putty note on the nose. Very sweet and mouth-filling. You have to struggle a bit to see the tannins underneath all that sweet fruit but it’s certainly Fonseca and capable of delivering massive pleasure eventually. Just a little hot on the end.
Color & Type Port
Varietal Port
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2003
Percent alcohol 20.5%
Closure Cork