Fonseca Port - Press Comments

Douro Valley, Portugal

Fonseca Port

Fonseca Siroco

“Fruity, mellow, sumptuous and sublime, I really have no idea why we aren’t drinking this cracking cocktail all year round. Dive in.”

Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday Event
25th June 2017


Reserve Port

“… ruby from an elite producer is usually a winner – and this deliciously juicy, red fruit-soaked treat from Fonseca is a prime example.”

Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail
14th January 2017


Fonseca Bin 27

“Good ripeness on the palate, quite fleshy, with lovely ripe plum, chocolate, and cassis notes with a ballsy tannic grip.” 94 points

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

“This is vivid in colour with a spicy, enticing blackcurrant and black cherry nose as well as some tarry hints. It has a floral, expressive taste with generous fruit and a bit of grip to the appealing sweet black cherry jam fruit. It’s a wine with real personality.”

Jamie Goode, Sunday Express
8th January 2017


Fonseca Crusted

“Crusted – what now? This rare style of port is only made by a small number of producers and is characterised by its lack of filtration, hence the name. The wine will form a “crust” in the bottle, so decant it before drinking. Made with a blend of wines from two or three vintages, this well-rounded style balances the best characteristics of a number of harvests. And Fonseca’s is no exception. There are slight strawberries and cream on the nose, and on the first sip too. With no heat here at all, there’s just a lovely, delicate sweetness that then gives way to more winey notes. But really, it is all about that beautiful creaminess. Pair with dessert – a crème brûlée would be our ultimate match.”

Claire Dodd, The Independent
17th December 2017


Fonseca Terra Prima (Organic)

“One of very few organic Ports. Exuberant dark cherry and ripe cassis – big, bold and upfront fruit. Firm, ripe peppery tannins and a long finish. Reserve Ports do not get better than this.” 93 points

Richard Mayson,
19th January 2018

“Organic port is a rare bird, and Fonseca Terra Prima is said to be the first fully certified one ever made. Launched as recently as 2006, it’s a “reserve” port from a blend of vintages made with spirit specially distilled from organically grown grapes. It has delicious red-fruit intensity with sweet black-cherry highlights. Dark, rich and plump, there is a chocolate savour at the centre and a herbaceous freshness to its vivid fruit.”

N/A Bristol Post
12th September 2014


Fonseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2015

“A closed nose with some ageing characters. Ripe minty fruits with touches of floral notes and a dark chocolate core.” 92 points

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021


Fonseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2014

“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.” 91 points

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
1st July 2019

“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.” 90 points

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate
30th April 2019


Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny

“Shows a slightly darker and richer profile than most of its peers, with fig, plum cake, dark licorice and toasted black sesame notes rolling through. Slightly gutsy, offering a brambly edged finish. A muscular tawny. Drink now.” 90 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
30th June 2018

“For me the apogee of tawny is 20 years, but this 10-year-old really captures the attention beautifully soft, creamy, toffee fruit; smooth and seamless mid-palate with a dusting of tannin on the finish adding vibrancy. A true tawny masterpiece. Drinking Window 2015 – 2016.” 95 points

Richard Mayson, Decanter
14th August 2017


Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny

“Taut, precise, with resolved, harmonious secondary characters and savoury toasty complexity. Rich sultanas and chunky marmalade with a touch of spice.” 93 points

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

“A touch darker in profile than its peers, with toasted black sesame, caramel, walnut and hazelnut cream notes backed by singed orange peel and ginseng accents. Stays focused thanks to a light bitter almond thread on the finish, giving this a slightly drier feel. Drink now.” 93 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
30th June 2018

“Soft and savoury, with engaging creamy fruit flavours ferrying onto a long, suave and seductive finish.” 95 points. RM

“Beautifully integrated nose of cocoa and orange peel unveils a syrupy palate brimming with nutty, toffee and red fruit characters. The finish is warm but very complex, long and structured. A very good example of its kind.” 96 points. RS

“Relatively muted on the nose, with candied orange and a little almond on the palate. Perhaps a little too sweet for some.” 95 points. DW

Decanter – Tawny Port: 10 & 20 Year Old Panel Tasting
January 2018

“Very deep colour. Restrained, underlying fruit nose, brooding yet ripe: not giving away much. Soft and ripe initially with big structured tannins building in the mouth, and leading to a massive peacock’s tail of a finish. Still not showing to its full potential; needs five more years in bottle and will be very fine.” 96 points

Richard Mayson, Decanter
August 2017


Fonseca 40 Year Old Tawny

“…Sweet, seductive and just a bit decadent on opening, this nonetheless has as its main bragging point the serious aromatics and flavors that go with old Tawnies–a trace of treacle mingling with molasses, bitter chocolate and so on. It is the type of wine you can smell from several feet away. If it is not quite as concentrated in mid-palate depth as some, its aromatics and flavors are wonderfully complex even while this manages to be surprisingly fresh. It has fine tension on the finish and the flavors linger endlessly. In mid-palate weight, it doesn’t seem completely removed from Fonseca’s 20 Year Tawny reviewed this issue, but in everything else, it is a clear step (or two) up. Yep, it’s pretty pricey. But it is a 40 Year Tawny that the winery has kept for you for decades. You are getting something for your money. Remember not to drink them too warm. Around 60 degrees Fahrenheit will usually work a lot better than 72 degrees Fahrenheit or room temperature.” 94 points

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate
31st December 2015


Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2004

“In the Fonseca tradition, this is a hugely rich wine, very dense. It is not all weight, with excellently integrated firm tannins and a range of complex flavors, from nuts and berry fruits to full frontal ripeness. There is some dryness to finish.” 94 points

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
1st March 2008

“Fearsomely bright colour, red fruits, spice, but very closed. Ripe, very sweet with firm tannins and structured to last a very long time before revealing any of the tertiary aromas. However, the precocious fruit and spirit notes right now do make it quite attractive. At its best however, for the long term.” 16.5+/20

Richard Hemming,
24th September 2008