97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fonseca vintage Ports are always among the most attractive and long-lived. This 2003 conforms magnificently to that model. It is structured, rich, powerful and opulent. There are cassis and black fig flavors, as well as sweet tannins. It is delicious already, and will remain delicious throughout its long life. (11/15/05)"
96+ points Pierre Rovani (Wine Advocate): "[$100/750ml list] Sporting an opaque, black-colored robe with dark purple trim, the 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port exhibits a nose of profound depth. Its sweet black mass of dark fruit and spice aromas leads to a character of immense depth, richness, and weight. Full-bodied, viscous, and almost impenetrable, this dense, backward port is powerful and exceptionally long in the finish. Possibly the most masculine Fonseca I’ve ever encountered, it coats the taster’s palate with licorice, jammy black fruits, and notes of chocolate that last for over a minute. This blockbuster will require at least three decades to fully blossom. Anticipated maturity: 2035-2060. (Oct 2005)"
96+ points Roy Hersh (For The Love of Port): "This is almost a duplicate of the 2000 but not quite as complex. It is crushing my palate with beautiful and expressive primary blackberry and boysenberry flavors. Quite focused and with great balance. It delivers a nearly perfect structure for its age with grippy tannins and ample acidity. I forgot to mention the crazy aromatic mélange with violets, blackberry and licorice. In a word … intense. (Jul 2008)"
96 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of grape and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy and lightly sweet. Serious concentration, with lots of grip on the finish. Just what to expect from a young Vintage Port. Best after 2012. (4/30/06)"
95 points Wine & Spirits: "This is a beauty right now. Violet in color, scent and texture, Fonseca uses all the plumpness of the vintage to best advantage. It glistens with freshness, with long, dark fruit flavors held in place almost invisibly by the persistence of tannin. The schisty scent of smoke off broken rock gives the structure its electricity, and, with the freshness of the fruit, will sustain the wine for decades. Drink 2028-'43. (Dec 2005)"
Wall Street Journal: "Good/Very Good. Particularly lovely nose, with everything in balance--not too much alcohol or sweetness. Well-melded tastes of blackberries and chocolate, with a little bite at the end that's fun and interesting. (12/12/09)"
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