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Graham Porto Vintage 1985

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A dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. Sweeter than other ports.

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W. & J. Graham & Co.:
Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Portugal. The brothers, who already came from a successful entrepreneurial family, dedicated themselves to producing a line of fine vintage Ports. In 1890, they became one of the first Port quintas (estates) to source fruit from the upper Douro Valley and established the property Quinta dos Malved... Read more
Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Portugal. The brothers, who already came from a successful entrepreneurial family, dedicated themselves to producing a line of fine vintage Ports. In 1890, they became one of the first Port quintas (estates) to source fruit from the upper Douro Valley and established the property Quinta dos Malvedos. The quality of the grapes from this vineyard is a major contribution to the finesse of their Ports. In that same year, the brothers opened the Graham’s Lodge in Vila Nova di Gaia, to store and showcase the wines. Vintages of Graham’s Port became famous for their structure and elegance, particularly 1909, 1912, 1924, 1927 and especially 1948, a wine Jancis Robinson said was among the finest she’d ever tasted. In 1970, Graham’s was sold to the Symington family, who themselves had a legacy of quality Port production dating back centuries. They have upheld the traditions begun by the Graham’s and continue to produce outstanding Ports as sole proprietors of the operation. Aside from vintage, Graham’s also produces Ports in every style from Tawny to Ruby, Late Bottle Vintage (LBV), Crusted and White, as well as their value release the Six Grapes.  Read less

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Snooth User: Sweetstuff
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4.00 5
04/10/2009

one bottle cracked at Ron Romain's house 9/1/2008" Youngish lacquer-driven fruit of black cherries, anise, tobacco smoke, and violets. Had 3-4 hours previous decanting time--will do better tomorrow/


External Reviews for Graham Porto Vintage

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/01/2008

Graham Vintage Port Portugal


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
03/15/2012

96 Points "Dark color, with intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with superrefined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This is really excellent. Always has been. Just starting to come around. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective." Wine Spectator, Web Only - 2008, James Suckling


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/16/2011

What more could one want in a young vintage Port? It has great elegance and great power. Brilliant deep ruby-purple, with boysenberry and licorice aromas, full-bodied, very fleshy, with a firm backbone of tannins. (JS) Wine Spectator. A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 1985 Graham Vintage Port 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Graham is another great port house producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of 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. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. 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 1985s and I would speculate that this port will be approaching maturity by 1992-93 and will keep 15-20 years thereafter. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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A dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. Sweeter than other ports.

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