Jose Maria Da Fonseca Vintage Port 2003, Doc Douro

Port Port
Douro, Portugal

$24.95 (638924)

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October 12, 2013

Critic Reviews (1)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

A great buy at this price. It is a very ripe, maturing port from a hot year. It shows complex prune-raisin fruit,...

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Philip Coville
Philip Coville

As noted, this is hot, with good extraction and plenty of licorce. Not overly sweet. Excellent with nuts and hard cheese.

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Tyler Philp
Tyler Philp

Yes, the name is a bit of a mouthful, but then so is the wine! Translating the label, this is a relatively new partnership between José Maria da Fonseca, the oldest table wine company in Portugal, and Cristiano van Zellar of Quinta Do Noval port house fame. The two combine a great deal of winemaking tradition and experience with their 2003 Vintage Port, and second only bottling of the style.

Expect aromas of raisins, stewed black fruit and hints of exotic spice; initially quite smooth across the palate with ripe cherries and blackberry, though an interesting element of spicy heat kicks-in on the finish that leaves you smacking your lips in curiosity.

I am rather perplexed by what this is versus what it cost - $20 for a bottle of authentic vintage port is simply unheard of. And for that reason alone, you should probably grab a bottle to enjoy with dessert one night this weekend. Decant before serving to breath. Tasted Jan 2012.

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Ryan Hindmarsh
Ryan Hindmarsh

Yum Yum. 2003 was also the breakout year for the White Stripes. Its like Jack White eating a Mon Cherri. Its dark chocolate and boozy cherry goodness, the finish is long like his greasy hair, and you’ll only need a 2 person band to finish this bottle off. I’m going to Wichita to serve this up with some Parmesan Crisps. (name the song!). $20 is a steal for vintage port.

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urotsukidoji
urotsukidoji

Getting better year by year

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