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Tawny Port

Tawny port is generally identified by the age of the port on the labels. Here’s a little secret, that’s not really the age of the port, which is a blend of many vintages. Instead, that is an indication of how old the port is supposed to taste! Yes, it is weird, but it’s handy. I like 10-year-old tawnies with their blend of nuts, spice and red fruits. This Churchill’s has a lovely fruitcake quality that makes it perfect for the holidays!

Churchill’s 10 Years Old Tawny Port 19.5%

Classic tawny nose, with strong nutty tones, an edge of salinity and hints of prosciutto and cinnamon over dried red fruits. This is sweet, almost a little candied, but so well balanced that it glides across the palate. The tannins are well softened, just barely adding their punch to the mid-palate. Shows coffee tones, a light cherry cream fruitiness and aromatic spice nuances that drive the sweet, fruitcake toned finish. Spicy and lush. 89pts

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  • There are some lovely red wines in Europe dating back to Roman times like Aleatico de Puglia, and weird wines like PANTELLERIA from a volcanic island near Italy

    Banyuls, Collioure and Maury, from the Catalan corner of France are great solutions to the chocolate pudding dilemna but appear as chilled aperitifs in their region.

    A cute little strawberry-tasting wine of about 5% is grown in Piedmont,called Birbet. We had one from Malvira that survived many years of neglect under the sink and yet tasted lovely after chilling, and disappeared in two sessions.

    I would say be brave and take the plunge on a bottle if you see such things in shops run by wine enthusiastsin the US of A.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:55 AM

  • nice one

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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