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

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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, April 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. 12,000 cases made. — JS
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.  
Category Description
Color & Type Port
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2003
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 20.5%
Closure Cork