Robert Parker 96
The 2000 Fonseca continues to exude finesse and focus on the nose, with pure blackberry, juniper berries, licorice and a touch of sloes, perhaps as Adrian Bridge remarked, just beginning to close after ten years in bottle. The palate is underpinned by very fine tannins, a sensual, svelte texture with wonderful acidity. The harmony and symmetry is alluring, the finish precise and demonstrating the persistency to suggest a long future ahead. Drink 2020-2060.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060
Very dark crimson. Baked nose slightly reminiscent of many Russian fortified wines. Very sticky without a real core of fruit in the middle. Dry clarety build with intensity and alcohol but not the balance of some others. Dry, peppery finish with lots of alcohol.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025