Reserve ports are young ports, aged in barrel and bottle and destined for early release. They are generally made in a fruitier style, as a rough approximation of more mature vintage ports, though their youth often leaves them with some tannin to burn. The Grahams Six Grapes is a rather serious reserve port.
Nicely layered nose of violet pastille, pencil lead, fennel seed, camphor and black currant fruit. This is fairly sweet in the mouth, but at the same time, is drying from wood with lots of tannins and wood spice. Downright cedary actually. This blends bold baking spice tones with a deep base of dried fruits in a very focused style. Definitely youthful and intense, this has complexity yet lacks a bit of integration at this point. 88pts