Crusted is a rare, traditional style of port and Fonseca is one of the few firms that produce it. Fonseca Crusted is a blend of full-bodied wines bottled with no filtration and then cellared for three years before being released for sale. As the name indicates, it will form a ‘crust’ or sediment in the bottle and should be decanted before being served. The formation of this ‘crust’ is a natural process that occurs in the finest full-bodied ports. It is an indication that the wine will continue to improve in bottle and develop its aroma and character with age. Fonseca Crusted is selected from the finest ports from the top quality Cima Corgo area of the Douro Valley and the supply is limited.
In the glass this wine shows some age looking paler more brick red than deep purple. It has quite a serious old fashioned style. Think old Etonian for that kind of well mannered charm. It will need decanting but that is simply a case of leaving the bottle standing upright and then with a good light behind it pouring the wine into a decanter until sediment starts to appear. Use the small amount of port that is left to enrich a stew or gravy.