Portugal Fonseca Guimaraens 20 Yr. Tawny Port Bottled In Port 2010
This seductive, silky wine balances discreet dried red fruit and fig flavors with pronounced aromatic notes of nuts, praline and mocha in a luxuriant texture underscored by a refined acidic backbone.It was once observed that it is easier to make a fine vintage port than a fine old tawny. Forecasting a young wine's development up to four decades in the future; blending to preserve, initially, the wine's freshness over time and, later, the style of the final blend; and finally, the considerable investment in reserve wines required to maintain a consistent product (by law, three times annual sales), all demand an expertise that only years of experience can teach.During the January following each vintage, Fonseca sets aside a reserve of very concentrated, powerful vintage quality red ports, selected primarily from the firm's own quintas and judged according to their aging potential. These are placed in cask and cellared. Since wines from different vintages show variation in character, concentration and rate of maturation, tawny ports of age are blended across several vintages to maintain quality and continuity of style, and thus show an apparent, or average, age on the label rather than a vintage date. In the very old tawny ports of age, the actual age of each port in the blend may vary as much as ten years, but in the younger tawnies variation is usually more on the order of five years or less.As Tawny ports age, they grow lighter in color, as they throw their deposit in the cask rather than in the bottle. The process of racking contributes to the oxidation process whereby the wine's fruit qualities gradually diminish and its nutty characteristics are acquired. Moreover, Fonseca cellars its aged tawnies in the Douro rather than in Vila Nova de Gaia; the considerable difference in heat and humidity between these two areas lends Fonseca's Tawny Ports of age a very distinctive baked richness more reminiscent of butterscotch than of caramel.Fonseca Twenty Year Old Tawny Port is deep amber in color with russet highlights. Its superb bouquet is a complex marriage of ripe, plummy, mature fruit, warm spicy overtones of cinnamon and butterscotch and subtle oak nuances. Full-bodied and voluminous on the palate, its smooth, velvety texture is carried into a long clean, elegant finish. Tawny ports of age will not improve once bottled; they should be served at room temperature or barely cool at the end of a meal with nuts or not overly-sweet desserts.
External Reviews for Portugal Fonseca Guimaraens 20 Yr. Tawny Port Bottled In Port
This is a sweet, dense wine, balancing lively dried fruit flavors against intense coffee and treacle. It has great style, a powerful wine that manages to present a softer side.
Fonseca Twenty Year Old Tawny Porto is deep amber in color with russet highlights. Its superb bouquet is a complex marriage of ripe, plummy, mature fruit, warm spicy overtones of cinnamon and butterscotch and subtle oak nuances. Full-bodied and voluminous on the palate, its smooth, velvety texture is carried into a long clean, elegant finish.
Swirl this in the glass and complexity continues to build with each sip, in layers of olive and almond, mineral and schist. It feels cool, balancing all the sweetness of fruit with fresh mineral acidity. A rich, bold mouthful for Serra cheese.
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The 20-Year Old Tawny has another mellow bouquet, a little reticent at first but opening nicely with hazelnut, smoke and pine cones. There is that lovely warmth on the nose that makes you think of a warm fire in winter. The palate is well balanced with a noticeable oxidative entry: hazelnut, smoke, orange rind and cloves with Indian spice towards the well-defined, persistent finish. This is a great expression Tawny Port and it offers significantly more than the 10-Year Old Tawny.
Intense, powerful and complex, this features heady aromas and flavors of toffee, marzipan, butterscotch and chocolate. Notes of mocha and French roast chime in as well, with a long, glorious finish of dried white fruits and spice. Drink now.
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