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WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby David M. Bueker » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:53 pm

Drier than my go to Taylor Fladgate 20 year old. More nuttiness. Very smooth, with a lingering, spicy finish. Very, very drinkable. A pleasing sip while watching Marshawn Lynch run roughshod over the Saints.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby JC (NC) » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:40 am

Glad to see the note as I like Tawnies and prefer the drier ones. Cockburn is my go-to 20 year Tawny but I like to try others occasionally.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Jenise » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:04 am

Go Grahams! Go Seahawks!
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:39 pm

Jenise wrote:Go Grahams! Go Seahawks!


Indeed!
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:08 pm

Should be a great game v. 49ers!
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby JC (NC) » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:12 pm

Go 49ers! I had divided loyalties yesterday as I came to North Carolina a 49ers fan having spent six years in Monterey County. Now I root for the Carolina Panthers and feel torn when they play San Francisico. Since the Panthers have been eliminated, I'm all for SF although Seattle is a formidable team that may take it all this year and Russell Wilson has a NC tie since he quarterbacked at NC State.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Craig Winchell » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:17 am

I love old tawnies, though my throughout my history, Tawny Port, and for that matter Port in general, has been a mere blip on my radar, due to kosher constraints. Still remember the Nieports and Fonsecas of my youth, and how it would be apropos as an aperitif, a dessert, or just a perfect afternoon sipper. Invariably, these old Ports were far cheaper than the vintage and colheita Ports of the time, and presented the drinker with far better values. However, it is as if nobody ever heard of them, as they ran for the fresh red stuff that wouldn't be a point for years. To this day, I hear far less of Tawnies than they deserve, I think.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Fredrik L » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:32 am

I am hoping to see a repeat of Superbowl XXIV, 49ers beating Broncos 55-10! (Not gonna happen, though...)

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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:37 pm

I'll take any SB matchup as long as the Broncos do not win it.

Craig - I am with you that Tawny Port does not get the recognition it deserves. I actually drink a fair bit of it, mostly Taylor-Fladgate 20.

I am doing a little bit of exploration, trying different producer's 20 Year Tawny Ports, just to see what else is out there. Sandeman is up next.

My vintage Port colleciton is mostly quite young, but there are some 1970, 77, 83 and '85 bottles that might be getting into their prime. The 1985 Fonseca has been a delicious drink for years, even if it wasn't "at peak."
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Lou Kessler » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:48 pm

My favorite 20 year tawny is by Ferriera. A wine that Roy H. made me aware of years ago. It's on the expensive side but is mighty tasty.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:21 pm

I am going after that one soon Lou. I will have to order it. It's not available locally.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby JC (NC) » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:11 pm

As with David, I have a go-to 20 Year Tawny--from Cockburn--but I like to try others. I recently enjoyed a Sandeman and have another bottle of that one on hand. I also have a Taylor Fladgate on hand. Will purchase Graham and possibly Ferreira and Niepoort to try. I also have a Geyser Peak Old Tawny but it may be on the decline since I read recently that Tawnies are not meant for aging once they are bottled and I have had the Geyser Peak for several years. I had thought that they could last a long time in bottle but apparently that is not the case.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Sam Platt » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:59 pm

As a general rule I try to drink Tawny Ports within a year or two of purchase. Seems that was a suggestion made to me by someone in a position of authority... Roy Hersh perhaps?

I love Port, but have abandoned it recently due to the "Jekel and Hyde" effect it began having on me. Seems that I have morphed into an angry Port drinker as I have aged. I don't even like myself when I drink the stuff. Normally I am quite jovial.
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby Lou Kessler » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:08 pm

Sam Platt wrote:As a general rule I try to drink Tawny Ports within a year or two of purchase. Seems that was a suggestion made to me by someone in a position of authority... Roy Hersh perhaps?

I love Port, but have abandoned it recently due to the "Jekel and Hyde" effect it began having on me. Seems that I have morphed into an angry Port drinker as I have aged. I don't even like myself when I drink the stuff. Normally I am quite jovial.

Jeez Sam, I'm not qualified to make a diagnosis of your problem but somehow I doubt it has anything to do with port itself. "Your parents threw empty vintage port bottles at you when you were a child?"
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Re: WTN: Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

Postby JC (NC) » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:27 pm

Sounds more like the percentage of alcohol in fortified drinks. Try drinking three ounces at a time, not a full bottle, Sam. It should have a mellowing effect, not the opposite.
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