3rd consecutive evening of comparing some 10 yr tawny (see my note on Graham and Taylor 10 yr tawnies)...
Clear, light red-amber. Clean, developed nose is strikingly bright, medium intensity with caramel, toffee, butter scotch, molasses and brown sugar wrapped around a red fruit core. Palate is much lighter than the Graham and Taylor, with less apparent alcohol and crisper acidity (especially vs Graham). The medium sweetness is not as cloying as the Graham, but the tannins are softer and less drying on the finish than the Taylor. The medium length finish has all the creme brulee characteristics of the nose, with some orange peel and light christmas cake spice.
This one is sure to be a real crowd pleaser. It's light, charming, and versatile. Chilled down it would make a great liquid desert (or pairing) after a heavy meal or on a warm summer night. I've been searching for the right 10 year tawny to keep on hand, and the Otima 10 certainly has a lighthearted and unique appeal.
Wines At Our Table; Week of February 15th, 2015; 2/9/2015-2/15/2015: Pretty red orange color fading to a thin clear meniscus with toffee, baked red fruits, roast coffee and honey aromas. On the palate it medium-bodied and rich with baked cherry and raspberry, toffee and honey flavors. Medium long finish. Bottled in 2012. Wonderful pairing with a chocolate chip cookie
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(NV Warre Porto Otima 10 Year Old Tawny) Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, dried cherry, baked raspberry nose; rich, baked cherry, dried cherry, raspberry palate; medium-plus finish
(NV Warre's Otima Ten Year Old Tawny Port) Current release. A fairly rich and warm hue. An organic, baked earth aroma on the nose. Very fresh on the palate though, with a herby, baked, nutty character. This has a rather nice presence on the palate, and a lovely texture. Quite vibrant. A very good ten year old tawny.
(NV Warre's Otima Ten Year Old Tawny Port) Current release. A lovely colour, a gold-red-brown wine, fading to amber at the rim. Roasted cashew nuts and old coffee grounds on the nose. A full, sweet, rounded palate. Firm, rich, rounded mouthfeel. Good structure underpinning it all, with a background seam of tannin and tingly acidity. Toffee and nut flavours. Positive finish. A considerable lingering presence on the palate.
(NV Warre's Otima Ten Year Old Tawny Port) Purchased Summer 2000. A pale yet typical burnt amber and tawny colour in the glass. Huge legs. Nose is classic tawny, lots of old wood with some wafty spirit and aromatic, caramel-like aromas. Nice weight on the palate, good alcohol, fig and wood notes. Finishes with a very dry note. Lacks complexity.
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