Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2012
The 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered field blend and comes in with 105 grams of residual sugar. It was bottled with a bar-top cork after five years in used French oak. Sexy but elegant, this is chock-full of delicious fruit, sweet on the end and relatively fresh. The mid-palate is just average in depth, but the classic Port flavors are all up front. In its youth, it does have a bit of an exuberant feel despite the freshness. Generally, people don't age LBVs with bar-top corks, but this can hold, if there no cork failure, and develop a bit too. Happily, you can also drink it right now.
Shows mature hints, with warm fruitcake, cinnamon and pudding notes emerging from the core of gutsy blackberry and fig compote flavors. Reveals a brambly edge on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 7,800 cases made.
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