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Storing Colheitas

June 21, 2011
Question by: Berlin, Germany

Q:

Hi, I bought several bottles of Dow's Colheita 1998.  Do you advise to store Colheita Port or to drink it now?  My wife is pregnant and I would like to set the bottles aside for some years.

A:

Hello.  A colheita is a single-vintage tawny port, which has aged for a minimum of seven years in cask, and often longer than that.   We routinely taste our wines from cask and bottle colheitas at a point when we feel they are ready to drink.  While this type of wine will hold for a few years, it is not meant to age and develop in bottle, as a classic Vintage Port would do.  Do store it carefully - in cool, dark conditions - and it should be fine for another couple years, but we cannot recommend holding it for an extended period of time.



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