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Value of a Tawny Port

September 25, 2012
Question by: Geoffrey (Mobile)

Q:

I have a bottle of Taylors 1979 20 year old Tawny Port, how much is it worth?

A:

Hi Geoffrey, 20 Year Old Tawny is a style of Port which has been blended from wines aged in wooden cask for many years.  It is this ageing which gently oxidises the wine to make it that beautiful tawny colour and matures the flavours away from the full fruit flavours of ruby or young Vintage ports to more dried fruit, nutty, spicy or caramel flavours.  Because of this oxidation process, the wine, when bottled, is ready to enjoy, and does not benefit from further ageing in bottle - it is meant for consumption within a year or two of purchase.  If your bottle has been kept in cool, dark cellar conditions, it may have held its quality - you won't know until you open and taste it.

As a rule, only Vintage Ports from top producers are sought in the secondary market - as a wine meant for early consumption 20 Year Old Tawny Port has no re-sale value.



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