Segundo Richard Mayson, expert da revista inglesa Decanter, o Porto Tawny 20 anos representa o apogeu deste popular estilo do nobre fortificado português, onde os melhores oferecem um perfeito equilíbrio entre juventude e maturidade. Apesar de significativas diferenças, é um vinho ideal para aqueles que não se dispõem a esperar décadas para beber um grande Porto Vintage, mas desejam apreciar toda a finesse de um Vinho do Porto evoluído e refinado.
Curiosamente, as casas mais famosas pela produção de Vintages, como Taylor's, Noval, Graham's, Fonseca e Dow's, não aparecem nas primeiras colocações neste estilo de Porto. Conheça os 10 melhores Tawnies 20 anos na avaliação do especialista inglês:
Beautiful mid-deep amber/tawny colour. Complex aromas of nuts, figs and apricots. Silky smooth and very refined, extending to suave complexity. Lithe and delicate, long, fine and wonderfully poised – a near-perfect combination of the freshness of youth melded with the complexity of age. 19.5pts/20 (98/100pts)
Pale orange/amber colour. Not the most expressive wine on the nose, but fine and delicate displaying both freshness and age. Similarly delicate in style on the palate – creamy complexity, long and pure on the finish with a fresh streak of citrus running throughout. Wonderfully refined and poised. 19pts/20 (96/100pts)
Very pale amber/tawny/orange colour. Fine and delicate aromas of hazelnuts and candied citrus. Quince marmalade character, delicate in style, with finesse and poise. Seemingly quite dry in style towards the finish (not as obviously rich as some here), and supremely refined. 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Pale to mid-deep amber/tawny. Open and gentle on the nose showing walnuts and brazil nuts. Savoury, quite rich in style but suave with a silky texture and a spicy edge. Long and complex with marmalade on the finish. 18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Pink-tinged, brick red hue with a tawny rim. Gentle, savoury-nutty aromas, then a palate that is soft and sweet with just a hint of peppery tannins. Long and silky on the finish. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Mid-deep tawny colour with a touch of mahogany. Fine, gentle, candied peel notes, slightly lifted on the nose. Suave and quite ample palate, gentle fruit with a dusting of allspice on the finish. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Mid-deep, brick red colour with a slight green tinge on the rim. Open, fruit-driven nose with savoury complexity underneath. Fresh candied fruit palate, quite rich and peppery, regaining delicacy of flavour on the finish which goes on and on. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Mid-deep brick red colour with a mahoganygreen tinged rim. Fragrant, creamy, milkchocolate aromas and flavours. Quite full yet soft and suave, mouthfilling richness and spice with a vestige of grip on the finish. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Pale to mid-deep tawny/mahogany colour. A rather ‘silent’ nose compared to some in this tasting but obviously well developed. Thick-cut traditional marmalade character, rich and spicy mid-palate yet made in a dryish house style with gentle spicy length. Rich, complex and very satisfying. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Quite deep brick red hue with a thin, tawny rim. Open, welcoming creamy nose with a hint of vanilla. Full, soft and fleshy, hazelnut complexity, – by no means as delicate as some but still well-balanced with a full, spicy finish. Soft and satisfying. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
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