Graham made one of the top three vintage ports in 1997, for some the best wineof all. 97 is maturing relatively faster than 94, but is still of course, ayoungster. This wine has a deep, dense colour, a still primary nose dominatedby macerated fruit, pepper and a hint of soot; its tannins are tight,stentorian even, they hold the secret to its future, which seems assuredindeed. (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
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All succulent fruit, luscious and supple, sweet but balanced. Generous and satisfying fruitcake sweetness contrasts black-pepper tannins. Fresh and bright.
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 erahellip; profound, long-livedhellip; great 1977.
Graham is a shining example of an established Port house pushing the boat out to make even better wines through better viticulture and winemaking technology. This is the greatest young Vintage Port from Graham I have ever tasted, and perhaps it will be better in the long term than the legendary 1948. It smells like freshly cut orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit, and then turns full-bodied, medium-sweet and very powerful in the mouth with big velvety tannins. It lasts for minutes on your palate. There's great balance and class to this young Port. Best after 2014.
Deep, saturated ruby. Subtle, complex, lively aromas of blackberry, flowers, licorice, spices and mint. Rich supple and concentrated, if not as supersweet or densely structured as some outstanding recent vintages of Graham. But this nicely balanced port boasts lovely mouthwatering vinosity and enough backbone for medium-term aging. Finishes spicy and very long, with strong black fruit flavors. An easygoing style of Graham.
Rich and chewy, with masses of blueberry, blackberry and raisin character. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a long, powerful finish. Big and juicy, with ultraripe fruit. Racy and full of class. Like cashmere in texture. Best after 2018.
This is an extremely full-bodied, powerful wine, but it still retains a classy balance. Deep ruby, with chocolate and berry aromas, full-bodied, with anise and dried cherry flavors, full, hard tannins and a long finish. Good now but a few more years of bottle age would improve it.
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 15ndash;20 years thereafter.