Wine Wednesday: Ruby Port vs. Tawny Port


December 23, 2015 Blog » Watch Wine Videos » Wine Wednesday: Ruby Port vs. Tawny Port

Welcome to the live video course with wine expert, Madeline Puckette, exploring fundamental topics in wine through our sense of taste. Grab a glass, pull up a chair, and join us live. See the full schedule here.

 

Ruby Port vs Tawny Port

Learn about the different styles and aging processes in Port wine and taste how they affect the wine. The two styles with the most noticeable differences are Tawny and Ruby Port. You’ll notice how oxidative aging adds a unique flavor in the Tawny wines and why Ruby Port is often described as more of a “fresh” wine.


The Wines

Cockburns “Special Reserve” Ruby Port

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Page 164 Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

  • Color: Clear. Deep red semi-translucent center leading to a 1 cm wide brown ruby meniscus.
  • Aroma: Bold intensity aromas of raspberry Tootsie Roll pop, hoison sauce, cinnamon, wet paint and cranberry sauce.
  • Taste/Structure: Clean. Full-bodied. Bold, sharp flavors of sweet raspberry sauce, cinnamon stick and red hots. Acidity tastes high and persists through the finish along with the burn of high alcohol. Tannin is medium plus.
  • Alcohol: 20%
  • pH: 3.6
  • Acidity: 4.4 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 105 g/L RS

Serving: Serve just below room temperature 65ºF (18 ºC). No need to decant.
Wine Tech Sheet Link: unavailable
Purchase wine: ~$18 find wine


Quevedo 10 Year Old Tawny Port

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Page 164 Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

  • Color: Clear. Deep orange caramel leading into a 1.5 cm meniscus of orange to light tan.
  • Aroma: Clean. Bold intensity aromas of toffee, sweet cherry, cinnamon, sun dried tomato, caramel sauce, and vanilla.
  • Taste/Structure: Clean. Full-bodied. Initial flavors of cinnamon-spiced apple and sweet cherries leading into soft flavors of caramel and toffee and finishing with the tingle of cinnamon-spiced acidity and the warmth of high alcohol.
  • Alcohol: 19.5%
  • pH: 3.42
  • Acidity: 4.35 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 111 g/L

Serving: Serve just below room temperature 65ºF (18 ºC). No need to decant.
Wine Tech Sheet Link: Quevedo Port Wine
Purchase wine: ~$22 find wine

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By Madeline Puckette
I'm a certified wine geek with a passion for meeting people, travel, and delicious food. You often find me crawling around dank cellars or frolicking through vineyards. Find me at @WineFolly