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Oregon Wine Merchants USD 114.50 750ml

Graham's Vintage 1977

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Lovely plum and coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with sweet, decadent fruit. Velvety, with a long finish. Best after 2007.

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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's Vintage

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Lovely plum and coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with sweet, decadent fruit. Velvety, with a long finish. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Lovely claret-like aromas of plums, cherries and spices. Full- to medium-bodied, with a solid core of silky tannins and a long, medium-sweet finish. Very refined. A solid Graham. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Deep, saturated ruby. Initially reticent aromas of dark chocolate and nuts; showed a high-pitched eucalyptus quality as it opened in the glass. Then almost shockingly huge and rich in fruit, with wonderfully lush, complex flavors of cassis, violet, minerals, spices, flowers and exotic chocolate. The tannins are seductively sweet, yet the finish boasts terrific focus, not to mention outstanding persistence. In terms of sheer palate-saturating flavor and texture, this runs a close second to Fonseca among these 2003s. For long aging.


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

A classic vintage of Grahamrsquo;s, the cool, balanced fruitiness of 2007 plays right into the style of the house. This is harmonious and powerful, with pure fresh fruit that bursts in the mouth then lasts, sustained, as the flavors of the Dourorsquo;s ancient varieties cascade for minutes in fascinating interplay and detail. As luscious as it may be, the fruit still has red tones, along with a sensual texture. The schist tannins are muscular, sculpted into soft curves, Apollonian in their power. Compelling to drink as a young wine, this has what it takes to mature for 50 years or more.


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: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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. Therersquo;s no sense of heat, just a surety that this muscular wine will live for decades.


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