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Fonseca, Terra Bella Reserve Ruby Port NV

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93 points Decanter
"Ripe aromas of damson, and plum with notes of aniseed, warm with pepper spice, and cool with a leafy freshness. Deeply crimson colour, almost inky. A full bodied and rounded palate with big bold classic fruit flavours, and a hint of fresh mint. Lovely structured tannins."

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The Terra Prima Organic Port is just terrific. The nose is so fresh and well defined with blackcurrant fruit infused with faint touches of mandarin, dark cherries, fresh dates and liquorice. The palate is nicely balanced with slightly tarry black fruit. It offers lifted acidity and a spirituous nature without any loss in tension and there is a pleasant kick of volatility towards the refined, harmonious finish. I appreciate the edginess and tension on this wine, a sense of elegance that I usually associate more with Taylors than with a Fonseca. This comes highly recommended."

90 points Wine Spectator
"Juicy, with plenty of crushed cherry and Asian spice flavors that feature milk chocolate notes. Cocoa powder and pepper fills the lively finish. Drink now through 2025."

Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Terra Bella is the first 100% organic Porto certified by USDA NOP and one of the first truly organic Portos to be developed in the Douro. Winemaker David Guimaraens and his viticultural team grow the fruit based on knowledge obtained from a plot that was introduced by the late Bruce Guimaraens, which has been organically farmed at Fonseca’s Quinta do Panascal since 1992. In the winery, the newly developed, robotic “Port Toes” technology for treading the grapes allows the winery to maximize the quality of the fruit by imitating the traditional action of human feet and avoiding damage to the bitter grape seeds. Fermentation is halted by the addition of grape spirits before all the residual sugar has been fermented, creating a sweet, fortified wine. A ruby-style Porto blended from reserve wines selected for their intense depth of color and fruit character, Terra Bella is aged for four years in neutral wood vats before bottling.


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