A good 10 Years Old Tawny Port should have the complexity of age, and retain some freshness and acidity of youth. This is the art of blending a Port Wine with an average age of ten years.
Churchill's 10 years old tawny is a classic example. Produced from its own top rated grade "A" Douro estates, this blend combines the minerality of terroir and the purity of the fruit, while acquiring a nutty complexity from ageing in oak casks.
Terroir: The grapes come from the old vineyards at our estates located in the Cima Corgo Sub-region of Douro.
A field blend of many varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca.
A rich brick red color with flashes of amber, elegant and subtle, complex on the nose, with expressive notes of dried fruits combined with hints of orange peel, full on the mouth, showing an excellent vinosity and freshness, allowing it to finish long and persistent.
"Liquid flan, creme caramel as spirit; hint of nuts, medium sweetness, dryish finish; a favorite house long at it."
"A lovely old & spacious place, now decked out fully in clean, modern, angular furnishings."
"This is a Tawny to which you need to devote some time, because it takes a good long while for it to totally unfurl (disrobe?) in your glass, after which its gorgeous to behold; gorgeous enough that its nearly as good as 30 Year Tawnies Ive had which cost nearly three time as much."
Score: 95 PointsWineCentric Author: Unlisted
"Amber-red color with pure aromas and flavors of fig, raisin, prune and roasted hazelnuts. So exceptionally smooth and sweet, the quality masks the presence of high alcohol. Rich, slick, long and luxurious. Caramel and candy goodness on the finish."
"Pair with pecan, pumpkin, and my fave, sweet potato pie. But this flavorful wine is perfect to sip all by itself - it is an elegant way to end a special meal."
"The nose of this Tawny Port combines aromas of both fresh and dried fruits such as apricots along with a fruitcake spices. The palate is absolutely strewn with apricot, nectarine, roasted hazelnut and chestnut flavors as well as continued fruitcake spice characteristics. Hints of caramel and toffee emerge on the finish which has prodigious length and depth. Pair this Tawny Port with all sorts of sweet deserts or even better a cheese course.
There are several things that most impress me about this wine. The complexity and layers of flavor from the first sip to the end of the finish are one. Another is the overall balance of this wine which is simply perfect; its sweet to be sure but just the right amount. Along those lines this Tawny Port has good weight but is practically lithe in the manner it dances across your tongue and gently clings to the back of your throat. This is a knockout of a Tawny Port that I highly recommend for anyone with any level of interest in this style of wine. With the Holiday Season fast approaching this wine would be a tremendous choice to serve as an impressive crescendo at the end of fabulous meal with Family and Friends."
"The Churchill's 10 Year Tawny Port presents a brickish red color, with a sweet, nutty aroma. On the palate you'll find a delicious, rich display of well ripened sweet fig-like flavors and a caramel finish. Give this Port a turn at pairing with your favorite desserts, ranging from cheesecake and tiramisu to chocolate truffles and pecan pie. Also, consider this particular Tawny port as a delicious pairing partner for aged cheddar cheese."
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
"There's a mapley cast to this, with notes of forest floor. Almod and dried fruit notes fill the medium long finish".
21st Wine and Spirits Annual Restaurant Poll11th Most Popular Port Brand
Ten years in oak casks have endowed this Port with many secondary aromas, like toasted nut and mocha, that complement gorgeous flavors of caramelized orange. Its mellowed tannins give it a satiny texture.
Delicious with Spiced Upside Down Apple Bundt Cake
Toffee scented and impressively long on the palate.
..those of us looking for the biggest bang for our bucks would do well to choose 10-year-old aged tawny ports, such as the fruitier Churchills Tawny Porto 10 Years Old which perfectly echoed the flavors of our pumpkin pie, elevating the duo to new heights
Kurt Eckert, director of fine wine for Frederick Wildman & Sons, a wine importer, says, ''The challenge in serving wine with something sweet, like chocolate, is that the dessert makes the wine taste more bitter.Churchill's 10-year-old Tawny an aged style of port with nice toasted walnut and toffee flavors, a full body and a long, sweet, silky finish, is one of the best matches. Eckert calls tawny port ''user friendly'' because it's reasonably priced, lasts for months even after opening, and, unlike vintage port, never requires decanting.
Score: 87 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Ripe and fresh. There are touches of bitter oranges, lemon peel and ginger. The aftertaste is soft and sweet."
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