Sometimes Tawny's get short shrift to vintage ports, but for the money, 20 year ports from top producers are well worth keeping around. The bottle can be opened and consumed over a period of weeks. This is one of the better ones. Amber in color, clear and bright. Lovely nose with toffee, caramel, burnt orange peel and slight nuttiness. Full bodied. There is some alcohol and heat on the palate, but more warming than hot. Flavors of toffee, caramel and slight chocolate notes.
The wine is an iced tea color with a touch of ruby. The nose has Pay-day Candy bar, toffee and crème brulee. Not as complex on the palate with a nice nuttiness and a bit of sweetness. Just a hint of heat. Long finish. Slightly sweet but not overtly. This is a nice take on a 20 year Tawny. It drinks well on its own and would work with more savory desserts (especially with nuts). This should age quite well for the next twenty years.
This wine, at age 30, is just about at peak. Beautiful wine. Inky purple, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cherries and chocolate covered raisins. Full bodied. Sweet but not too. On the palate, chocolate covered cherries. Complex. Delicious. Long finish. Slightly noticeable alcohol. This should continue to drink well for at least another decade. Great on its own, with a cigar, this will also work well with a chocolate dessert.
Grahams is one of the top producers of Port. It tends to be a bit more on the sweeter side than the other top houses. At age 41, this may have lost a tad of that sweetness but is drinking quite well. Decanted for sediment and allowed to breathe for about 40 minutes. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, chocolate, slight figs and a hint of walnut.
This had been opened for a few day but it is basically a single vintage tawny port, so it drank fine. This was a new winery for me. Deep iced tea color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nutty with a slight fig but also a quince/orange citrus. Good acidity. On the palate, nutty, quince, slight coffee. Blind, I might have guessed Madeira. Drinks well if not a lot of complexity. This was good on its own but would work well with dried fruits or nuts.
This seems to be about at peak, at least from the 375ml bottle. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with chocolate, raspberries, and slight raisins. Full bodied. Sweet. Viscous. Complex. Liquified chocolate covered raisins. Good acidity. Nice finish. This needs about 30 minutes of air to blow off bottle stink and good to go. It should easily drink well for another ten years. great on its own, this will work well with a chocolate dessert.
This was decanted for about 2.5 hours prior to serving. Very nice showing. Ruby in color with just slight browning, clear and bright. The nose shows some age but also some youth left. Cherries, chocolate covered raisins, and a bit of dust. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has a nice layered complexity. Drinking mature but not over the hill. Layers of cherries and cranberries with slight milk chocolate. Tasty. This is the kind of Port that is probably better to drink on its own and contemplate life, but it did work well with chocolate tiramisu. It probably should be consumed in
Decanted for about 6 hours prior to drinking. This is a good if not great declared vintage. Deep ruby in color. The nose has milk chocolate, cherries, and raspberries. Full bodied. On the palate, this is sweet with chocolate covered raisin notes. Very tasty. Some complexity. Solid finish. This is drinking very well now and should probably be consumed over the next decade though it will certainly have something ot offer after that. Drinks well on its own, it would work well with a chocolate cake.
From a 375ml bottle. At age 20, even from a half bottle, this is drinking great. No hurry though, especially from a full sized bottle. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with chocolate covered cherries and raisins. On the palate, this is sweet but not cloying. Slightly viscous. Lots of cherries cordial candy flavors. Some warmth if not heat. Deep and complex, it slowly unwinds in the glass. Long finish. Delicious on its own, this worked with blue cheese but chocolate is another fine choice. It will easily last another fifteen to twenty years if well stored.
This was a new Port house for me. Purple in color, some brown swirls. The nose is dusty with cherries and slight milk chocolate. On the palate, more black cherries. Slightly sweet. Viscous. Some warmth, not hot. Nice finish. This worked very well with a molten chocolate cake for dessert.