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Graham Porto Vintage 2003

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

One of the greatest Graham vintage Ports ever produced. This is a monster of a wine, featuring incredibly intense aromas of cassis and ripe fruit. Full-bodied and supertannic. Itrsquo;s got what it takes.

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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

External Reviews for Graham Porto Vintage

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

One of the greatest Graham vintage Ports ever produced. This is a monster of a wine, featuring incredibly intense aromas of cassis and ripe fruit. Full-bodied and supertannic. Itrsquo;s got what it takes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

What, you may ask, is Graham doing with a score of 88? A barrel sample in June promised a wine clearly at the top of the Symington group offerings, the most layered and fine, with a remarkable softness of fruit contrasting its firm structure. Samples of the finished wine tasted in January and February were less forthcoming. My notes describe a great depth of plum and cherry fruit, dry and lean in the finish. A luscious, delicious, accessible character was apparent, rather than the structure for long age. Vintage Port is a moving target and makes a fool of anyone intent on locking it into one point in space. So today I am the fool, assigning a score to this wine that will almost certainly prove to be as stunning as the rsquo;70, rsquo;63 or rsquo;45. Yet there it is. At this moment in time, it shows nothing more.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A big, tough, young vintage Port thatrsquo;s closed and difficult to taste. Emits lovely aromas of chocolate, berry and plum, and is full-bodied with lots of sweet, fruit flavors and masses of velvety tannins. Long, sweet finish. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage portrsquo;s moderately intense bouquet. It is not one of the great Grahamrsquo;s ports, and is less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2025.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Tasting Grahamrsquo;s is akin to chewing on 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 an addictive hedonistic quality. It will be ready to drink in 8ndash;10 years and keep for up to 30. As always, this is a showy, flamboyant port that has the advantage of being slightly sweeter than other 1994s. A great Grahamrsquo;s. Anticipated maturity: 2002ndash;2035.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

At 20% alcohol, this perfectly balanced Port is cooler in tone than many contemporary table wines. The 2007 vintage grew pure fruit flavors into this Porto, emphasizing freshness rather than concentration and dehydration in the grapes. There's no sense of heat, just a surety that this muscular wine will live for decades.


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