Old Tawny ports are a blend of the best wines from different years. The indication of age stated on the label is the average age that makes up the overall blend.
As tawny ports age, they grow lighter in color, as they throw their deposit in the cask rather than in the bottle. The process of racking contributes to the oxidation process whereby the wine's fruit qualities gradually diminish and its nutty characteristics are acquired. The wines drawn from this extensive reserve of aged ports are then carefully blended for balance and continuity of style.
Excellent with desserts, cheese or by itself at the end of a meal.