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Fonseca Guimaraens

Fonseca Guimaraens - Vinhos SA

Founded 1822
Owner Fladgate Partnership (Taylor-Fonseca Group)

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 vintage exists with that name.

Fonseca Guimaraens Vintages:1884, 1919, 1931, 1933, 1934*, 1937*, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019
Quinta do Cruzeiro Vintages:1978, 1982
Quinta do Milieu Vintages:1944, 1946, 1947, 1958

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseGuimaraensVintage1919
ColourMature, yellow and quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, liquorice, some cacao, dark chocolate and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range17.25 - 17.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Is very elegant and attractive today. Maybe a hint of unbalanced acidity but very enjoyable with taste of toffee, some butterscotch, candy, cacao, chocolate and much more. The port is quite sweet and had a wonderful and long finish. Drink up if you have any left of this quite rare vintage.Average score
Last tasted25th December 2019Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGuimaraensVintage1944
ColourPale amber and turbid in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToasted aromas i.e. torched sugar, toasted almonds, toasted cashews and smoky walnut nuance in the noseScore range16.25 - 16.25
TasteHardly medium body. Mature and even old. A light port with smokiness in taste and a quite nice but short finish.Average score
Last tasted19th November 2015Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and ole Vesterdahl Collection.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGuimaraensVintage1952
ColourVery mature and amber in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetHerbal, ginger, cinnamon and Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
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.Average score
Last tasted19th November 2015Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belong to Gerda and ole Vesterdahl Collection

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1958
ColourYellow nearly tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetDark cherry and old grocery shop in the nose. Elegant aromas.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteRather full-bodied. Sweet. Complex and balanced with burned sugar in flavour and with an elegant finish.Average score
Last tasted25th December 2008Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
This is one of the best 1958 we have had.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1961
ColourMature beautiful yellow and amber in colour.Number of tastings12
BouquetA full arsenal of aromas such as coffee, tea, cream toffee, crème caramel, Christmas spiciness and much more in the generous nose.Score range15.75 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Mature and peaking. Elegant and balanced. Cream toffee, crème caramel and much more in taste. Lovely, long and quite attractive finish. Will not be better so just drink up and enjoy life!Average score16.25
Last tasted12th November 2022Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family and wine friends.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1962
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetCoffee, tea, some crème caramel and fudge in the nose but later on dill and crawfish broth. Very odd indeed.Score range15.90 - 18.00
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!Average score17.05
Last tasted19th November 2015Point this date15.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1964
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetBlack currant, cream toffee, cream candy and a bit pharmacy in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.00
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.Average score16.67
Last tasted19th November 2015Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1965
ColourWonderful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetElegant, complex bouquet of mint, dark chocolate, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.75
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.Average score17.25
Last tasted19th November 2015Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1967
ColourMature lovely yellow in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetExcellent bouquet of coffee, tea, violet, spring flowers and toffee but also ginger and cinnamon in the nose.Score range15.90 - 17.40
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.Average score16.63
Last tasted19th November 2015Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1968
ColourMature tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetClosed in the nose. Mostly dark cherry and mulberry aroma.Score range15.40 - 15.40
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Easy to drink. Mature and a bit old but with a wonderful finishAverage score
Last tasted24th January 2008Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1972
ColourIndeed very yellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, cream candy, candy, raisin and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be better but today quite elegant, attractive and quite sweet. Toffee, butterscotch and candy in taste. The finish is not so long but very seductive and enjoyable. Will not be better so drink up!Average score
Last tasted25th December 2019Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1976
ColourStill very dark ruby with just a hint of a yellow rim.Number of tastings18
BouquetAttractive bouquet of Christmas raisin, toffee, violet, crème caramel, ginger and liquorice in the nose.Score range16.75 - 17.90
TasteFull-bodied and still some tannins. Complex but still quite immature. Will be better. Crème caramel, toffee, burned sugar and butterscotch in taste. Balanced and very tasty port with an astonishing long and wonderful finish. It will be better so have patience but it is lovely already today!Average score17.39
Last tasted26th October 2019Point this date17.75
CommentTasted in a wine friend´s home.
Brilliant and astonishing port for the vintage.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1978
ColourYellow mature but quite dark in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetCream candy, toffee, crème caramel, fudge, but also rather closed with dark berry in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Rather mature buts still with tannin and will be better. Cream candy, toffee and dark berry in taste. Elegant and balanced. with a rather long, still tannic finish.Average score16.10
Last tasted17th May 2018Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has been defect.

In 2012 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1982
ColourQuite beautiful yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetLovely bouquet of cream candy, fudge, burned toffee, French prunes, candy, figs and Christmas raisin in the nose.Score range14.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Is mow on its top. Cream candy, toffee, fudge, figs and raisin in taste. Elegant, very tasty and of course balanced but rather sweet. A complex port with a very attractive and long appealing finish.Average score15.41
Last tasted4th February 2022Point this date16.50
CommentTasted at home in the family.
At last a bottle as good in our opinion as expected. 3 bottles have been defect.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1984
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings13
BouquetThis bottle seems a bit old in the nose with some pharmacy and old hospital in the nose but also some herbs.Score range15.75 - 16.75
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.Average score16.18
Last tasted21st September 2017Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Tasting in Malmö.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1986
ColourYellow, beautifully mature in colour.Number of tastings21
BouquetAn almost full arsenal of aromas. Violet, coffee, spring flowers, roses and some Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.50
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking but still with some soft elegant tannin. Coffee, cacao and roses in taste. Complex and balanced. Easy to enjoy with a nice and very interesting finish.Average score16.16
Last tasted13th February 2019Point this date16.25
CommentIn our Private Wine Club.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1987
ColourStill dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetWonderful nose of coffee, tea, cacao, fudge, toffee, some crème caramel and liquorice.Score range16.25 - 17.00
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Still tannins and fruit. Violet, cacao, fudge, sweet liquorice and toffee in flavour. Excellent and a quite long finish. Extraordinary and lovely port, which is already now wonderful to enjoy.Average score16.82
Last tasted2nd July 2020Point this date16.25
CommentTasted in our Private Wine Club.
1 bottle has been corked.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1988
ColourStill very dark ruby but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings30
BouquetToffee, cacao, butterscotch, violet, ginger and old grocery shop but also still some dark berries in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.40
TasteQuite full-bodied. Almost mature but will be better with still some round and elegant tannins. Balanced, very elegant and attractive port. Very tasty with cacao, coffee, butterscotch and much more in the mouth. Complex with a wonderful finish. A quite astonishing port!Average score15.97
Last tasted15th May 2022Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1991
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings12
BouquetCrème caramel, some candy, vanilla, liquorice, toffee and cacao in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.40
TasteMedium bodied and sweet. Mature and almost peaking with some soft and delicate tannin and with cacao, candy, crème caramel and vanilla in the taste. Excellent and quite complex with an attractive, round and quite long finish. Very easy to drink and enjoy and will probably develop a little.Average score16.37
Last tasted21st September 2021Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home in Fourth International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1995
ColourStill very dark in colour with a yellow edge.Number of tastings26
BouquetElegant bouquet of toffee, cream candy, fudge, violet, some cacao and ginger in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.40
TasteMedium bodied. Rather mature but still with some soft tannin and will probably 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.Average score15.97
Last tasted3rd June 2017Point this date16.40
CommentIn a wine friend’s home.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1996
ColourStill quite dark but beautiful mature in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetLiquorice, Christmas spiciness, cream candy, cinnamon, cacao, coffee and ginger in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium bodied. Rather mature but with some very soft and delicate 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.Average score16.06
Last tasted16th July 2021Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family.

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage1998
ColourYellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetRoses, raisin, figs, but also some roasted coffee beans, burned sugar and tobacco in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.50
TasteMedium bodied. Mature but still with some soft, elegant tannins and will probably be better. Flavour of spring flowers, roses, but also some herbs and roasted coffee. Easy to drink and like. Elegant and balanced port with a rather attractive finish.Average score16.18
Last tasted8th November 2019Point this date15.90
CommentTasted in our Private Wine Club

In 2015 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage2001
ColourGarnet with a mature yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetSpice, coffee, cacao. Very complex.Score range15.90 - 16.25
TasteQuite full bodied. Still some tannins in taste. Balanced and elegant with an impressive and promising finish. Will become better.Average score16.00
Last tasted26th November 2021Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage2005
ColourAlmost black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetVery fruity bouquet with lots of mulberry, dark berry, blackberry but also some liquorice and violet in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.90
TasteQuite full bodied. Mulberry, black berry and lots of fruit in the taste but lots pf tannins Elegant and balanced despite the tannin. Quite long and promising tannic finish. Will be exciting to follow.Average score15.72
Last tasted31st March 2018Point this date15.90
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage2008
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetLovely bouquet of toffee, cream candy, cacao, coffee beans and chocolate in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.25
TasteAlmost full bodied. Mature and almost peaking. Toffee, cream candy, cacao and chocolate in taste. Balanced and a very attractive and elegant port. The finish is lovely, exciting and long. What will be?Average score15.88
Last tasted22nd October 2022Point this date16.00
CommentTasted with some Wine friends in their home.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage2012
ColourStill very dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCacao, chocolate, Christmas cake, spiciness and some fudge in the nose but also some dark berries and mature fruit.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteLovely body. Elegant and with quite complex tannins. Will of course improve a lot. Balanced and very attractive to drink and easy to enjoy. Tasty with cacao, dark chocolate, spiciness and ginger in mouth. The finish is very elegant and quite long and promising with lovely tannins. Lovely port indeed!Average score
Last tasted19th May 2022Point this date16.00
CommentTasted at restaurant Villa Dagmar in Stockholm
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage2013
ColourVery dark ruby in colourNumber of tastings1
BouquetDark berries such as dark cherry, mulberry and blackberry but also toffee, some herbs and liquorice in the noseScore range15.75 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Immature with some quite round and elegant tannins and will of course be better. Balanced and quite elegant with taste of dark berries, herbs and some liquorice. Very easy to drink an enjoy but with a rather short and not extended finish.Average score
Last tasted8th May 2021Point this date15.75
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFonseca-GuimaraensVintage2018
ColourAlmost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark berries such as mulberry, cherry, blackberry and blue berry and lots of fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Loaded with lovely tannins. Balance but will of course develop a lot. Complex and tasty with dark berries and loaded with fruit. A long, lovely tannic finish. Will be lovely to follow.
Last tasted6th February 2022Rating this dateImpressive
CommentTasted at home with the family.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB

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