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In a port tasting, tasting Graham's is almost like tasting a big, rich, succulent Merlot after a group of blockbuster, tannic Cabernets. Sweeter and more obvious than many ports, the opaque purple-colored 1994 is fruity, powerful, and rich, with
Deep opaque black with a ruby rim. Full-bodied. Moderately tannic. Mild sweetness. Sandalwood, black fruit, to ruby rim. Dark brooding aromas lead into a firm extracted palate. Currently quite closed but it show extreme richness and depth of flavors. For long term cellaring.
Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage port's moderately intense bouquet. It is not one of the great Graham's ports, and is less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.
Stylistically, Graham's tends to have wonderful, ripe, almost Californian extravagance. The 1997 has grapey, jammy flavors, with a touch of earthiness and leather. Rich and built to last, there is a fair amount of structure here.
Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports. Yes, it is made in a sweeter style than the other ports, but it is a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. It is forward, as are all the 1985s, and I would speculate that this port will be approaching maturity by 2000 and will keep 15-20 years thereafter.
Graham is another one of the great port houses, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles in vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post-World War II era... profound, long-lived... great 1977.
It was immediately evident during thevintage that the wines would be veryintense and fruity. This has been borne outby their development and Graham's 1994Vintage is rich, deep coloured and packedwith fruit. It is distinctly reminiscent of theGraham's 1970.
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