Welcome To The Icebox (Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny, Chilled Old School)

Vinted on February 6, 2014 binned in overachiever wines, wine review

The icebox in the title has several meanings (in undergrad literature class fashion). First, it’s a reference to my neck of the woods, currently blanketed in ice, and with > 500,000 homes sans power. Including 1WD HQ.

Then, there’s a coy reference to the internal temperature of my house, which, after two days of no heat and sub-freezing external temperatures, is starting to feel more like home-sweet-meat-locker than home-sweet-home. Incidentally, I’m also without Internet access, and Swype-typing this on my cell phone after enough of you complained when I mentioned on Twitter and The Book of Face that 1WD would probably be going dark since I couldn’t really get online to write (a service for which you complainy lushes pay $0.00, I might add; you’re welcome!).

Finally, in terms of symbolic references, there’s the makeshift “ice box” we’re using to chill a sample of one of my fallback / favorite winter warmers…


Where there’s a will, and leftover ten inches of snow, there’s a way, particularly when you want to imbibe something that’s 20% abv to help you forget the fact that you’re temporarily living in a refrigerator. And since I’m typing this on a cell phone, let’s just cut to the wine before I get carpal tunnel…

Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny (Porto, $30)

You’re getting a lot of ten year for the cash with this consistent Port performer. There’s the spiced-fig-drizzled-in-caramel you’d expect from a ten year, but also a helping of the toasted-walnut-rancio you would expect out of a 20 year. Throw in an undercurrent of acidic freshness, and you’ve got a winner that, since its first release, has never really failed to deliver (or slightly over-deliver, actually), and has probably been overdue for some additional love here, a good four years after I first mentioned it.

Ok, back to shivering. And drinking.






  • The Drunken Cyclist

    No power blows, but that is what you get when you live out in the wilderness!

    • 1WineDude

      Dude, you’ve no idea…

  • gabe

    I went through a big port phase last harvest. The 10-year Ottima was my favorite. It also blew the mind of a friend who is not much of a wine drinker. Great wine.

    • 1WineDude

      Gabe, and you got out of this phase because…?m ;-)

  • feanjack

    I am going to try this variety coming weekend for sure. So you had fun in your home-sweet-meat-locker hah!

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