Tawny port just doesn't get better than this one from Quinta do Infantado. Excellent body and richness, with notes of roasted hazelnuts and sultanas followed by just a hint of sweetness. Simply delicious.
The fruit is hand-harvested, partly destemmed and fermented in lagar and tank; fermentation is stopped with seventy-seven-degree grape brandy. The wine is aged in very old pipas. A pipa or 'pipe" in English is the traditional 550-liter wooden cask used for aging, as well as measuring quantities of, port; it is ideal for tawnies, as oxidation is promoted by its horizontal orientation, smaller capacity and thinner staves (versus the thicker ones of the huge wooden tank called a tonel or balseiro used for ruby and vintage ports). Infantado tawny finishes at a modest nineteen and one-half percent and seventy grams per liter of residual sugar, considerably drier than most tawnies. The average age in the bottle is four to five years.