Inky, jammy black fruit on the nose and palate, very well balanced with med+ racy acidity, muscular yet supple tannins, and a long finish of crushed blackberries and minerals.
Other flavors: spice, black currant, cinnamon, nutmeg, loganberries, mission fig (fresh, ripe), black prune (moist, top quality), cassis
How could I know it was a 2003 blind tasting it?
– 2003 was a generally declared vintage year
– well integrated acidity and tannins – rather seamless and cohesive.
– compared to the Fonseca 2008 (not a generally declared vintage year) it tastes less “fresh” and one can see the patina of five additional years aging in terms of its slightly more oxidized (sherried) notes.