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. 94 Points Wine Spectator, June 2012
Wood aged Ports are those which age entirely in cask or vat and are ready to drink when they are bottled.
The mellow, complex style of wood aged Port ages in small oak casks, generally holding about 630 litres. In a cask there is a relatively small volume of wine compared to the surface area of the vessel, so contact with the wood is proportionately greater.
As it matures in cask, a Port gradually loses the deep red 'ruby' colour of youth and takes on the seductive amber hue known as 'tawny'. At the same time the wine becomes progressively smoother and mellower, its aromas gaining in richness and complexity.
As it ages, some of the wine - known as the angel's share - evaporates and this causes the Port to become increasingly concentrated with age. Fonseca's magnificent 10 and 20 Year Old Tawny Ports belong in this category. The long years of cask ageing in the Fonseca lodges have given them a wonderfully opulent nutty, spicy flavour.
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 ageing potential.
As tawny ports age, they grow lighter in colour, 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.
Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny 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. Winery Notes
Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port
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