Port Wine Fonseca Vintage 2011 75cl
Black with thin purple inky core board. The nose opens up a dense mass of blackberries and currants. Compact and concentrated presents high purity – a vintage feature 2011. The nose opens gradually revealing an array of intoxicating smells of herbs, discrete notes of exotic wood, marzipan and plum as well as an attractive minerality graphite. Solid, with well integrated tannins that give volume and firmness in the mouth, with reserves of dense black fruit and full of black licorice and chocolate. It is a vigorous and full of vintage fruit, as it is tradition Vintages of Fonseca.
The exceptional vintage 2011 produced extraordinary results in the Douro Valley. On April 23, 2013, Fonseca announced its decision to declare 2011 as vintage year, releasing the classic Fonseca Vintage Port wine. Here are the reviews of this wine and its wine year:
Adrian Bridge, Managing Director:
“The excellent ripening conditions that culminated in the 2011 vintage produced classic vintage Port wines with great balance in which the Fonseca 2011 is no exception. The dense black fruit that is distinctive of Fonseca vintages, is evident but, with a lot of complexity and finesse. “
David Guimaraens, Winemaker:
“The time of maturation was warm and dry but the vines had at their disposal abundant underground reserves of water accumulated during the rainy spring. Thus, the vines have never been under water stress and produced a perfectly ripe harvest, resulting in remarkably balanced wines and complete . The 2011 Fonseca fruit quality is exceptional and very well integrated tannins that give the wine volume and structure. “
Lot Vintage Fonseca is composed of the best wines from three properties: the Quinta do Cruzeiro in the valley of Pinhao, a property that contributes to the Fonseca vintages since 1912; Quinta do Panascal, main farm Fonseca, and finally, Quinta de Santo António.
NOTES OF THE YEAR
The beginning of the year was marked by cold and rain. For five months, from November to April, nearly 500 millimeters of rain fell in the sprocket in the heart of Cima Corgo. The rain in the winter and spring was put back because the fundamental depleted underground water reserves that allowed face a very dry time of maturity.
The sprouting occurred, as expected, by the third week-end of March and the hot and humid conditions in April encouraged vigorous growth. From 1 May to 21 August hot and dry weather settled, with a short heatwave in late June.
However abundant water in the soil allowed the formation of clusters and a perfect balanced ripening of the grapes. An absolutely timely downpour on 21 August and 1 September led to the refinement of the harvest. The first property of Fonseca to start the harvest was the Quinta do Panascal the Távora Valley, with the first grapes to be harvested on 13 September.
Quinta do Cruzeiro in Pinhao valley the beginning was the 15 September. In Santo António Thursday, the farm in the valley of Pinhao, the harvest began ten days later, on 25 September. Wines of each of these properties were strongly aromatic and a striking color depth.