Wines of the Year 1997
AFonseca Vintage Port 1994 and BTaylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1994
AHold on to your hat. This is the best Fonseca since 1977, and it's probably even better than that classic vintage--more like the breathtaking 1948. Mind-blowing, with masses of color, aroma and fruit flavor. Smells like fermenting berries, boasting loads of crushed grape, violet and berry character. Big, full-bodied and very sweet, with tons of tannins and a sweet finish. Tannic and huge, it's a long-term, great Port. Best after 2012.
BIn a word, superb. It's full-bodied, moderately sweet and incredibly tannic, but there's amazing finesse and refinement to the texture, not to mention fabulous, concentrated aromas of raspberries, violets and other flowers. Perhaps the greatest Taylor ever, it's better than either the 1992 or the 1970, though it's very like the '70 in structure. Best after 2010.
|#1||FONSECA Vintage Port 1994||100||$55|
|#1||TAYLOR FLADGATE Vintage Port 1994||100||$55|
|#3||JOSEPH PHELPS Insignia Napa Valley 1994||96||$70|
|#4||ARAUJO Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Eisele Vineyard 1994||96||$60|
|#5||ROBERT MONDAVI Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve||95||$30|
|#6||CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM Sauternes 1990||97||$160|
|#7||CLOUDY BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 1996||94||$17|
|#8||BODEGAS REYES Ribera del Duero Teófilo Reyes 1994||95||$25|
|#9||CAYMUS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994||95||$36|
|#10||SAINTSBURY Chardonnay Carneros Reserve 1995||93||$30|