Tawny Port is usually a blend of a few years wines that have been selected
for aging in wood. Since a tawny port ages in a cask, rather than in the bottle like a vintage port, it has
more exposure to oxygen as the barrels are not air tight.
The contact with air over decades of aging turns the deep red young port wine into a lighter, tawny colour
and the young tannic fruit flavours mellow into smooth dried fruit flavours, sometimes almost with caramel notes.
Aged tawny ports are 10, 20, 30 or 40 year old port. A Colheita is a tawny port from a single year's harvest.
Storing Tawny Port - tawny port will keep for a few years and is best stored upright in a cool,
dark place; it does not require decanting. The port will keep for a month or so after opening if the stopper is kept on and you leave it in the fridge.
Tawny Port is very enjoyable slightly chilled and is a good accompaniment to desserts.