James Hogan wrote:I'm sure this varies from bottle to bottle but, isn't Port pretty prone to oxidization? I have a nice bottle of Robert Hall Port (from Paso Robles Cali.) That I bought at a wine tasting and was wondering how long should I decant it and How long will it last? If I cork it - A few Days? Longer?
James, if by "prone to oxidation" you mean after the bottle has been opened, it's true that Vintage Port (from Portugal, the red stuff that's meant to age in bottle, not the brown Tawny, which is aged in wood) does go to hell not terribly long after the cork has been popped. Purists drink it all in one night or, in a pinch, the next day. On the other hand, all VPs except very old ones -- say 30+ years -- generally beneift from a lot of decanter time, so in that respect oxygen is their friend. And Tawny Ports not only benefit from decanting but can hang in their for a few weeks after opening.
For your Paso Robles port type wine, I think Jenise's response is right on.