Fonseca 1994 Vintage Port | 375 ml


Fonseca 1994 Vintage Port | 375 ml


100JS / #1 Top 100 Wine Spectator

We are down to our last few bottles of this little jewel. If you are looking for a port that is insanely rare and also considered one of the best, than you should pick one up.

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In June, 1996, when the wines were still in barrel, James Suckling wrote an article entitled Monumental 1994 Vintage Port, stating:

“If you love classic vintage Port, you're going to fall head over heels for 1994. Great Port vintages like this only happen a few times in a lifetime.

… Ports like these need decades of bottle age. They are some of the world's longest-lived wines… I have never been so impressed with a group of Ports as I was with these… The best wines in the tasting sent shivers up my spine… Most of the wines won't even approach drinkability until 2010 or much later.” 

He tasted the wines again several times, publishing an article in April 1997 with further observations. The title says it all: Near Perfection In Vintage Port, The 1994 vintage is the new benchmark for quality

“The 1994 vintage is the greatest for Port since the legendary 1945… Never have I tasted such great young Ports. Every wine lover or collector who enjoys the sweet, rich flavors of this fabulous fortified wine should have some '94 vintage Port in his or her cellar. Many of the 1994s rate with the all-time greats in vintage Port. In particular, the Fonseca, Taylor Fladgate and Quinta do Noval Nacional are among the greatest young Ports ever produced--each scored 100 points in my blind tasting.

You can't expect more from a young, stout, vintage Port. Each is the pinnacle of quality in its own style. The Fonseca is a blockbuster, overflowing with ripe, exotic fruit and giant-but-velvety tannins. The Taylor, by comparison, is compact, with a vibrant, sexy, fruit character and ultrafine tannins. 

… In mid-January, I organized a blind tasting, held in London, of nearly three dozen '94 vintage Ports. Most of the samples came directly from the shippers' cellars in Portugal. I tasted the wines over three days, trying nearly all of them two or three times each during this period. Not only did I review the young Ports straight out of the bottle, I evaluated them a day after they had been opened to assess their evolutions. Moreover, I compared these January tasting notes to evaluations I had made of the same wines last fall and spring.

My findings confirmed what I wrote for the June 15, 1996, issue of Wine Spectator ("Monumental 1994 Vintage Port"). Never has there been such an opportunity to buy so many tremendous vintage Ports.

… Not only are the '94s impressive for their superb concentration and terrific backbone of tannins, they are also incredibly harmonious and well knit. Most shouldn't be drunk for two decades, but they could be enjoyed at the 10- to 15-year mark due to their extraordinary refinement and balance. This may be the classiest vintage Port year ever.”