Barão de Vilar Feuerheerd’s 10-Year-Old Tawny Port

Posted by Keith Wallace

Feuerheerd's 10 Year Old Tawny Port

Despite being around since 1815, this port producer doesn’t really exist. That’s reason enough to pick up a bottle or two.

Let me explain: Feuerheerd was founded in 1815 by Dietrich Matthias Feuerheerd, who established his wine shipping business in Oporto. In 1926 the company was sold, and over the years, it has traded ownership through a few families.

Its fame grew as a boutique producer of port wines. However, by the mid-20th century, its fortunes declined, and it merged with another company. In 2007 it was purchased again and pretty much forgotten. All that is left now is the brand name and some remaining inventory. This 10-year port may be one of the last bottles we will ever see of this ancient winery.

This is a drier style of port. Red currants, licorice root, and Belgian chocolate are the driving flavors here, with a finish of toasted coconut and caramel. Its natural acidity dries out the sweetness of the finish very nicely. A well-ripened blue cheese would be the perfect compliment.

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