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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I've recently developed a taste for tawny Ports, and I'm interested in finding out what it is about aging in oak that gives it the distinct flavor.
—Bruce, Boca Raton, Fla.
Oxidation. Tawny Ports are paler and browner and, uh, tawnier than traditional Ports. They have a mellow, nutty, slightly woody, dried-fruit character, derived from contact with air during long maturation in porous wooden casks. The good news is that since tawnies have already been exposed to oxygen, an open bottle of tawny will keep longer than other bottles of Port.
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