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I found a box of Paul Garrett American Tawny Port wine in the basement of my inlaws, I found what I believe is the date of 091742. I would like to know if it can be drinkable, worth keeping it? What do you suggest? Thank you for you time sir.

Not a particularly good wine to begin with, although a cool sort of antiquey looking bottle, it's a wine that does not improve with bottle age. So depending upon how long it's been stored that will be reversely proportional to how drinkable it may be. The longer, the worser. And the picture tells an ominous tale. The fill is low, meaning it have evaporated and the color is dark indicating oxidation. But you might as well go ahead and open one.  


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