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Fine Tawny is aged for approximately three years in small barrels. This hastens the ageing process so that the wine evolves to a reddish amber colour and develops a silky feel and nutty flavour. Tawny Port is filtered before bottling and and is a smoother, mellower drink than its Ruby counterpart. Cockburn's Fine Tawny is produced from grapes grown in the Lower Douro, lighter skinned and perfectly suited for tawny wine. During its time in wood, Cockburn's Fine Tawny loses some of its colour and rich texture and acquires instead a classic nutty/butterscotch flavour. It has a smooth full flavour with a toffee nose. As a dessert wine, Fine Tawny pairs brilliantly with cream-based desserts such as cheesecake or creme brulee. It may also be enjoyed chilled, and served with almonds or pecans.