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Aged 10 Years Tawny Port

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Hand-crafted by winemaker Peter Ficklin, the Aged 10 Years Tawny Port was made from two of the traditional Portuguese grape varietals grown on the Ficklin familys estate vineyards in Madera, California: Tinta Madeira and Touriga. Ficklin has established a 160-barrel Solera system to produce this special Port, which is distinguished from other port products by the length and style of its aging process. Ten years in American oak barrels allowed the wine and wood to blend, developing the wines smoothness, fruit flavors and long finish.William Rice, The Chicago Tribune: "Wine of the Week, Ficklin Vineyards Tawny Port. Ficklin Vineyards Tawny is gentle and sweet and represents a great tradition... Wood aging has given the wine depth and complexity, a soft golden hue and a sugary fruit taste that masks its tannin and alcohol. It shows to good advantage when served with blue cheese or fruitcake."

Region: USA » California » Madera

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Ficklin Vineyards:
Ficklin Vineyards is primarily a family operation with Peter Ficklin guiding the family's third generation in the production of its highly regarded California port-style wines. Peter once described his duties at the winery with the following comment: "I'm the president, the winemaker and the chief bottle washer as well." The decision to keep the operation small is an important one, as each step... Read more
Ficklin Vineyards is primarily a family operation with Peter Ficklin guiding the family's third generation in the production of its highly regarded California port-style wines. Peter once described his duties at the winery with the following comment: "I'm the president, the winemaker and the chief bottle washer as well." The decision to keep the operation small is an important one, as each step receives the personal attention of the family. His appointment as president in 1991 followed the retirement of his mother, Jean Ficklin. As winemaker at Ficklin Vineyards, a position he was promoted to upon the retirement of his father David Ficklin in 1983, Peter has revived the vintage port program. In over 50 years of Ficklin's history, only eight vintage ports have been released, the most recent being the 1991 Vintage Port, that was released in 2002. From every vintage bottling, Peter holds at least 100 cases for additional cellaring and re-release at a later date. Peter received his Bachelor of Science degree in enology from the University of California at Davis in 1978. Read less

Hand-crafted by winemaker Peter Ficklin, the Aged 10 Years Tawny Port was made from two of the traditional Portuguese grape varietals grown on the Ficklin familys estate vineyards in Madera, California: Tinta Madeira and Touriga. Ficklin has established a 160-barrel Solera system to produce this special Port, which is distinguished from other port products by the length and style of its aging process. Ten years in American oak barrels allowed the wine and wood to blend, developing the wines smoothness, fruit flavors and long finish.William Rice, The Chicago Tribune: "Wine of the Week, Ficklin Vineyards Tawny Port. Ficklin Vineyards Tawny is gentle and sweet and represents a great tradition... Wood aging has given the wine depth and complexity, a soft golden hue and a sugary fruit taste that masks its tannin and alcohol. It shows to good advantage when served with blue cheese or fruitcake."

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