Fonseca 40 Year Old is a unique tawny port of great age with the characteristic olive ochre color of the very oldest ports matured in cask. Decades of evaporation have concentrated this extraordinary wine almost to an essence. Nose of incredible power and density, unashamedly dominated by an all-pervading aroma of fine oak wood. Here, the typical aromas of cask ageing abound: spicy smells of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and licorice, warm roasted coffee smells, and an intense nuttiness reminiscent of walnut and hazel. An incredible, lengthy finish leaving a mouthful of lasting, mellow, spicy flavors and a persistent impression of fine seasoned oak.
Wine SpectatorLush and powerful, with lots of hazelnut, smoke and cream notes to the dried cherry and berry flavors. White chocolate and spice lingers on the long, rich finish, with hints of citrus zest.
Wine EnthusiastA very sweet rich wine, in the Fonseca house style. But it lacks the intensity, going more for sweet almonds, along with some bitter marmalade, and a young taste.