In the course of updating my book, Port and the Douro, I asked a number of leading shippers to submit single quinta vintage Ports from the decade 2000 – 2010 for tasting. The first part of the tasting includes a very impressive set of Ports from the 2004 vintage.
Vintage Port Notes June 2012
Fonseca, Quinta do Panascal 2005 ****
Deep, youthful colour; big, mint and cherry fruit on the nose, ripe and heady, very expressive in a ripe sort of way; hugely sweet, ripe cherry-berry fruit, powerful tannins, a bit disjointed, still needs time to come together. Sweet cherry fruit finish. 17