Est. 2011

Great Vintage Port Tasting

Fonseca Guimaraens

Guimaraens was the founder of the house Fonseca-Guimaraens from its start in 1822. Fonseca-Guimaraens is the second wine of Fonseca. It comes from the same quintas as Fonseca but is made in less good years. However, Guimaraens was a Port wine house long before 1952 when its modern 'second' label to Fonseca was established and vintages exist with that name.

The Wine Society 18% had a Great Tasting 19 November 2015 of 18 different vintages of Guimaraens. We were 19 participants. The tasting was semi-blind i.e. we know which vintages who participate but not what we had in the glass.

The tasting was conducted over two flights.
First flight:
Flight 1

Second flight:
Flight 2

Tasting notes. Note that the points are for the actual bottle tasted. Read about how we set point on the page "How to understand our points valuations"

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ColourPale amber and turbid in colour.
BouquetToasted aromas i.e. torched sugar, toasted almonds, toasted cashews and smoky walnut nuance in the nose.
TasteHardly medium body. Mature and even old. A light port with smokiness in taste and a quite nice but short finish.
SAI point14.50JB point17.00SS point16.40Group point15.35
SAI rank17JB rank2SS rank9Group rank17
CommentThe nose was quite odd. Some of us did not like it at all but some found it quite interesting. This was a hard wine to judge.
ColourVery mature and amber in colour.
BouquetHerbal, ginger, cinnamon and Christmas spiciness in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and of course a little old but perfect balanced and complexity. Herbal and spiciness in taste but easy to enjoy. Nice, interesting and quite attractive finish.
SAI point15.90JB point16.40SS point17.00Group point15.68
SAI rank10JB rank8SS rank3Group rank7
ColourMature beautiful yellow and amber in colour.
BouquetA full arsenal of aromas such as coffee, tea, cream toffee, crème caramel, Christmas spiciness and much more in the generous nose.
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Mature and peaking. Elegant and balanced. Cream toffee, crème caramel and much more in taste. Lovely, long and very attractive finish. Will not be better so just drink up and enjoy life!
SAI point16.90JB point16.25SS point16.25Group point15.41
SAI rank3JB rank9SS rank11Group rank10
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetCoffee, tea, some crème caramel and fudge in the nose but later on dill and crawfish broth. Very odd indeed.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and complex when starting to taste and very long and attractive finish with toffee inn taste but later on the dill and crawfish took over. This was a strange experience!
SAI point15.90JB point16.75SS point15.75Group point15.15
SAI rank10JB rank4SS rank15Group rank14
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetBlack currant, cream toffee, cream candy and a bit pharmacy in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature peaking and even maybe a little old but balanced and quite complex. Cream toffee and candy in taste. Easy to drink and enjoy with an excellent and attractive finish.
SAI point16.75JB point16.75SS point15.90Group point16.18
SAI rank5JB rank4SS rank13Group rank2
ColourWonderful, mature yellow in colour.
BouquetElegant, complex bouquet of mint, dark chocolate, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.
TasteAlmost full bodied. Mature and peaking. Excellent balance and an elegant port. Cacao and mint in taste. Long, attractive and lovely finish. Wonderful port and extraordinary for that vintage. Just enjoy life when sipping it.
SAI point16.90JB point16.50SS point17.50Group point15.97
SAI rank3JB rank6SS rank1Group rank4
ColourMature lovely yellow in colour.
BouquetExcellent bouquet of coffee, tea, violet, spring flowers and toffee but also ginger and cinnamon in the nose.
TasteFull bodied. Mature and at its peak. Complex and balanced. Violet, ginger and tea in the taste. A wonderful, very long and very attractive finish. Quite extraordinary and a lovely port.
SAI point17.25JB point16.50SS point16.75Group point15.88
SAI rank1JB rank6SS rank6Group rank5
ColourStill very dark blue but with a yellow rim.
BouquetAttractive bouquet of raisin, violet, crème caramel, ginger and liquorice in the nose but also some burned sugar and cream candy.
TasteFull-bodied and still tannins. Complex but still a little immature. Will be better. Crème caramel, burned sugar and toffee in taste. Balanced and very tasty port with an astonishing long and wonderful finish. It will be better so have patience!
SAI point17.00JB point17.00SS point17.25Group point16.35
SAI rank2JB rank2SS rank2Group rank1
ColourYellow mature quite beautiful in colour.
BouquetCream candy, toffee, crème caramel, fudge, but also French plum and prune in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Cream candy and toffee in taste. Elegant and balanced. A complex port with a long and very attractive finish. Drink it and just enjoy this lovely port!
SAI point16.50JB point17.25SS point16.25Group point15.47
SAI rank6JB rank1SS rank11Group rank9
ColourQuite beautiful yellow mature in colour.
BouquetCream candy, burned toffee, French prunes, figs and Christmas raisin in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature band peaking. Cream candy, figs and raisin in taste. Elegant and balanced. Quite sweet. A complex port with an attractive and appealing finish.
SAI point16.25JB point15.25SS point16.40Group point15.88
SAI rank7JB rank16SS rank9Group rank5
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetThis bottle seems a bit old in the nose with some pharmacy and old hospital in the nose but also some herbs.
TasteMedium bodied. Mature, peaking and maybe a little old and light but still elegant. Herbs and pharmacy and some liquorice in taste. Still very easy to drink with a nice finish.
SAI point14.75JB point15.00SS point14.90Group point14.58
SAI rank16JB rank17SS rank17Group rank16
ColourYellow, beautifully mature in colour.
BouquetAn almost full arsenal of aromas. Violet, coffee, spring flowers, roses and some spiciness in the nose.
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking. Coffee and roses in taste. Complex and balanced. Easy to enjoy with a nice and very interesting finish.
SAI point15.90JB point16.00SS point15.50Group point15.26
SAI rank10JB rank10SS rank16Group rank13
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetSome cream candy and cream toffee but also a lot of uncleaned cloths in the nose and this bottles is obviously corked
TasteFull-bodied. Very corked in taste and still some dirty cloths. This is pity. We usually love this vintage!
SAI point12.00JB point14.50SS point12.00Group point12.24
SAI rank18JB rank18SS rank18Group rank18
CommentThis bottle was corked.
ColourStill dark blue, almost black in colour.
BouquetDark chocolate, cacao, toffee, some mulberry and old grocery shop in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Rather mature but still tannins and will be better. Cacao and dark chocolate in flavour. Balanced but sweet. Quite complex and easy to drink and like with a lovely finish.
SAI point15.90JB point15.50SS point16.50Group point15.29
SAI rank10JB rank12SS rank7Group rank12
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetCrème caramel, vanilla, liquorice and coco in the nose.
TasteAlmost full-bodied and sweet. Mature and almost peaking with coco and vanilla in the taste. Excellent and quite complex with an attractive finish.
SAI point15.40JB point15.40SS point17.00Group point16.00
SAI rank15JB rank15SS rank3Group rank3
ColourStill very dark blue in colour now with a yellow edge.
BouquetElegant bouquet of toffee, cream candy, fudge, violet and ginger in the nose.
TasteMedium bodied. Rather mature but still with some soft tannin. Will be better. Elegant and balanced and very tasty with fudge, violet and cream toffee in flavour. Easy to like and drink with a quite long and attractive finish.
SAI point16.25JB point15.50SS point16.90Group point15.68
SAI rank7JB rank12SS rank5Group rank7
ColourRather dark blue but with a yellow mature edge.
BouquetLiquorice, Christmas spiciness, cinnamon, cacao, coffee and ginger in the nose.
TasteMedium bodied. Still tannins and will be better. Very tasty with lots of spiciness and herbs in taste. Elegant and a balanced port with a long, quite complex and attractive finish.
SAI point15.90JB point15.90SS point16.50Group point15.41
SAI rank10JB rank11SS rank7Group rank10
ColourStill rather dark but yellow, quite mature in colour.
BouquetRoses, raisin, figs, but also some mulberry, burned sugar and tobacco in the nose.
TasteRather full bodied and mature but still with soft tannins. Will be better. Flavour of spring flowers, roses, but also some herbs. Easy to drink and like. Elegant and balanced port with a rather complex and attractive finish.
SAI point16.00JB point15.50SS point15.90Group point15.09
SAI rank9JB rank12SS rank13Group rank15

Last tasted:

6th July
Quinta do Panascal
Fonseca-Guimaraens 2008
28th June
Berry Bros 1997
Fortum & Mason 2000
16th June
Gould Campbell 1991
15th June
Smith Woodhouse 1966
14th June
Messias 2011
12th June
Real Comp. Velha 2002
10th June
Sao Pedro das Aguias 2009
9th June
Quinta do Vesuvio 1998
5th June
Croft 2000


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