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20 Year Old Tawny Port Reviews Report 

Warre’s Optima 20 Year Old Tawny Port


Warre’s Optima 20-Year-Old Tawny Port Reviews


94 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

Warre’s NV Otima 20 Year Tawny Port is great value in Tawny Port and is well worth seeking out. Offering a touch of Rancio-like sourness in its nutty, salty, fig, caramel, and dried orange aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with tons of sweet fruit, yet always stays balanced, pure, and elegant. It’s would be a great aperitif with almonds or smoked nuts, as well as pair beautifully with any number of desserts.

92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

“This is a smooth and richly ripe wine. It has a dry character that brings out the wood aging and the dried fruit flavors that are well in balance. There is a tang of spirit that gives a lift to the wine. Acidity and a dry aftertaste complete an impressive tawny.”

91 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Warmer and spicier than the Otima 10 (also recommended here), this has complex scents of roots and curry to balance its red fruit. The structure is firm and lean, the flavors energized by the alcohol, which drives it through a peppery finish. Pour it with a savory almond tart.”

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Very plush, with a buttery essence to the dried white fruit and nutty flavors. Elegantly spiced, featuring a long finish of dried ginger, sandalwood, and shortbread.”

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This is indeed remarkably elegant and refreshing for a 20, dancing on the palate with light footsteps. That also means it is far better on the nose than the palate, though. It seems sunny and bright, but it doesn't show the concentration of flavor, tension on the finish or even the intense aromatics that the best 20s can. For many, it will be just what they want, something fresh and lively, but it is a bit underwhelming. That said, it certainly enlivens the palate and it is remarkably easy and fun to drink. Plus, after it was open for a few days (who says they don't change?), it began to show more of those classic, mature Tawny nuances, certainly more than were there initially. Take note, though: it is still Port, there is a lot of alcohol, even if it controls the perceptible spirit influence very well, and it will knock you on your butt if you drink too much. You'll want to do exactly that–it goes down easy and tastes great.”


Cockburn’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port Reviews

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Wonderful aromas of butterscotch, toffy, and honey, with just a bit of fruit. Full-bodied, with very sweet fruit and a long caramel and nutty finish. Textbook. Cockburn is in the business in old tawnies right now.” 

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

Best Buy

“This carries some of the fresh flavors of a blanc de noirs (white cranberry, white currant, and light yellow plum), buffed by the oxidation and caramel sweetness of a long-aged Tawny. It’s plush and creamy, a lovely wine for a savory apple tart.” 

92 Pointz James Suckling

“Attractive aromas of toffy, caramel, milk chocolate, and nut shell with dried apricots and orange jam, following through to a full, medium-sweet palate with mellow, creamy texture and spicy notes at the end. Drink or hold.” 

91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Nutty and caramelly, this is a great example of aged tawny. Roasted walnut aromas waft from the glass, followed by flavors reminiscent of maple syrup carried across the palate on creamy-soft waves of richness.”   

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port Reviews

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This gorgeous Port is at the perfect stage where there are still freshness and hints of orange and dried fruit, while the wood aging is concentrating the wine into its essence. 

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A touch darker in profile than its peers, with toasted black sesame, caramel, walnut, and hazelnut cream notes backed by singed orange peel and ginseng accents. Stays focused thanks to a light bitter almond thread on the finish, giving this a slightly drier feel. Drink now. 2,050 cases made, 1,600 cases imported.”

92 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“A classic balance of the fresh and mature, this 20 Year Old offers warm honey, apple, and almond notes on a supple texture with just a touch of grip. The flavors are rich while the structure holds them tight.” 

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The NV 20 Year Old Tawny was bottled with a bar top cork in 2013. It comes in at 111.6 grams per liter of residual sugar. A big mouthful, this is a 20 that first coats the palate and then ends with silky texture and concentrated flavor. Very graceful, it is not as impressive in terms of mid-palate density, but it is more than respectable. It shows fine complexity, appropriate to its age category. The finish seals the deal, more lingering and gripping than I expected from the first taste. It is another delicious Tawny from the Taylor Fladgate group this issue, so dig in.”

90 Pointz Vinous

“Dried fruits and nuts on the nose. Fuller and more saline than the 10-year-old; gives an impression of stronger extract. Both fruitier and lighter on its feet than the 10-year-old. Nutty, mellow, and elegant.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

95 Pointz Decanter

“Today it is part of the Fladgate Partnership - alongside Taylor’s, Croft, and Wiese & Krohn - but like many of the Port houses Fonseca has a rich history, founded in 1815 by Joao dos Santos Fonseca. The house declared its first vintage back in 1840, but the wine itself only became popular 20 years later. Fonseca has built its reputation on consistently high-quality wines. The company attributes this to the continuity of family involvement, the long history of working in the vineyards, and the knowledge and skill passed down from one generation to the next.”

Grahams 20 Year

Old Tawny Port Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling

“Dried cherry, iodine, and peat with some watermelon. Hints of toffee and bark. Medium-to full-bodied, sweet, and layered with a tannin texture and rich finish. Tangy and focused.”

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Earthy rather than fruity, this is all about umami, its cool cellar tones laying dark mushrooms and savory black bean flavors over papaya. It lasts with intriguing complexity that would work with a range of  umami rich foods, like seafood and XO sauce.”

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Lovely, with date and persimmon notes that are melded seamlessly, picking up light bitter orange, ginger, and green tea accents along the way. Echoes of sweet golden raisin and hazelnut linger on the finish, which is polished and long. A beauty.”

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

“This is a hugely dry, burnt style, very concentrated. The licorice and bitter coffee flavors are dense, layered, and well balanced with the acidity. A serious wine that demands attention.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter

“My favourite sub-category of tawny as this combines the freshness of youth with complexity of age: lovely reddish-tawny hue with a toffee and dried citrus character on the nose and palate, now smooth and silky with creamy texture (the concentration of age), the sweet fruit (that is the hallmark of Graham’s) offset by a streak of fresh acidity on the finish. A seamless melange of glorious flavours.”

16.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Mid tawny colour. Sweet, nutty richness on the nose blends with pure, layered sweet fruit. Bursting with intense fruit, sweet spices, and dried figs. Long and joyful with impeccable balance. Benchmark Tawny.” 


Dows 20 Year Old Tawny Port Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling 

Attractive aromas of walnut, candied orange peel, nutmeg, and dried flowers. Toffee too. Its delicate and creamy with a salted caramel and dried apricot character. Moderate sweetness with a lengthy, polished finish. Shows some tannins. 

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Juicy and lively in feel, with flan, date, persimmon, and caramel notes weaving around each other, backed by a racy bitter almond accent on the finish. There’s lots to like here.”

91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Soft in texture yet mouthcoating in its intensity, this is a honeyed, nutty wine filled with dried fruit, toffee, and almond butter aromas and flavors. Like all tanwies, it won't improve with bottle age, so drink this while your young vintage Ports hog the cellar space.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

94 Pointz Decanter

"Attractively full in style for a 20YO. Subtle toffee and cream aromas, rich and broad palate, marmalade bite at the end." 


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