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Graham's Vintage Port 1991

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Established in 1820, W & J Graham is one of the most famous names in the Port Trade and has long been synonymous with the greatest Vintage Ports. The Symington Family acquired the company from the Graham’s family in 1970, so today Graham’s remains a wholly family-owned firm. At the heart of Graham’s Port is the famous Quinta dos Malvedos in the upper reaches of the Douro Valley. The old winery was completely renovated in 2000 and it is now equipped with three of the revolutionary robotic lagares that ‘tread’ the grapes. Alongside these are the ancient granite lagares where some of the harvest is still trodden by human foot. The 1991 vintage is a real stalwart wine with a very attractive nose reminiscent of blackberries and violets. It is still very firm in the mouth with masses of tannins and intensely rich, succulent fruit. This port is superb quality, and is showing great promise for long term ageing. James Suckling reviewed this for Wine Spectator, giving it 93 points and saying, "Getting better all the time in the bottle. Real blockbuster of a wine that sneaks up on you. Beautiful tar, grape and berry aromas and flavours. It's full-bodied, quite sweet and reserved, but kicks off at the end with loads of fruit and tannins. Tasted twice with consistent notes."

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

Member Reviews for Graham's Vintage Port

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Snooth User: bawilson1981
2976703
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/10/2009

A dark, deep and reserved blend of intense red and purple pour from this bottle. Once in the glass, this port begs to be sipped. Although, this wine will only improve with age, even young the intense fig, chocolate, and tobacco smoke aromas and ones to be savored. On the palate, rich caramels, spices of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and intense dried cherries. Once released I suggest to buy at least 3 bottles. One now for fun, one for about 10 years from now, and one to enjoy on that very special evening a good 40 years from now.


Snooth User: AqD
82670174
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/28/2011

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Peter Wood
2929623
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/31/2007

Inky purple. The aroma is big, sweet and lots of stewed fruit. The palate is very big, with tannins gripping a little too firmly and lots of stalky herbs, and black pepper.


Snooth User: Roy Hersh
2857156
4.50 5
Vintage: 1983 02/05/2008

This is the second Port I ever purchased and I always have a soft sport for it. At 23 this is heading towards a mid-life crisis for collectors: drink or hold? If you have a case, then I suggest both. Right now it shows off a precocious personality, ultimately harmonious and enjoyable at the moment. Yet the tannins are still quite ripe today and the spirit is noticeable on the finish but that just might be the decanting regimen used for this bottle. This should improve over the next decade and then I will be drinking mine at about 35 years old.


Snooth User: AqD
82670174
3.50 5
Vintage: 1980 08/28/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Roy Hersh
2857156
4.00 5
Vintage: 1977 02/05/2008

The nose shows some spicy elements and an herbal essence that add intricacy to the fresh raspberry aroma that showed no outward sign of spirit. Finally! I have never been a fan of this VP and it has always been a thorn in my side, even when put in front of me in a handful of "blind" tests ("let's fool Roy"). However, this particular bottle made me think that at nearly 30, this wine has finally hit its stride. The alcohol did not stand out like a sore thumb which has been my main concern in every previous tasting. On the contrary, this seemed like a well-integrated, soft and smooth Port with plenty of stuffing. Bottles of this quality should drink best circa 2015-2025.


Snooth User: Peter Wood
2929623
5.00 5
Vintage: 1955 07/30/2007

Gentle. Jammy, squashed strawberries and a little toffee. Beautifully balanced nose. The palate is wonderful, a little alcohol initially moves onto a peppery fruity palate. After a few hours, it’s got caramel, warm sugar... stunning, and the best port I have tasted to date.


External Reviews for Graham's Vintage Port

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

The 2011 Grahams comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos Tua Vila Velha das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1 454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Nagional 31% Touriga Franca 6% Sousco and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more serious bouquet compared to the Dow with beguiling scents of blackberry wild hedgerow tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced very well-defined and compelling the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious with a pure core of ripe black cherries damson marmalade clove and spices and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of The Stone Terraces vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Grahams. 5 000 cases declared. Tasted May 2013. Neal Martins Wine Journal.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 08/22/2013

The 2011 Graham's comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos Tua Vila Velha das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1 454 and is a blend of 40% Tour... Neal Martins Wine Journal A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2011 2011 Graham Vintage Port Port 375ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

The 2011 Graham


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

Aromas of licorice wet earth and berries follow through to a full body medium sweetness and a chewy finish. Real deal. Structured. 8 000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try after 2023. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 03/21/2014

The 2011 Graham's comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos Tua Vila Velha das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1 454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Naçional 31% Touriga Franca 6% Sousão and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more "serious" bouquet compared to the Dow with beguiling scents of blackberry wild hedgerow tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced very well-defined and compelling the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious with a pure core of ripe black cherries damson marmalade clove and spices and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of "The Stone Terraces" vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Graham's. 5 000 cases declared. Tasted May 2013. Neal Martins Wine Journal.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

Meaty and concentrated. Really covers the palate


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 08/22/2013

The 2011 Graham's comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos Tua Vila Velha das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1 454 and is a blend of 40% Tour... Neal Martins Wine Journal A Port wine from Douro in Portugal. 2011 2011 Graham Vintage Port Port 750ml


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Established in 1820, W & J Graham is one of the most famous names in the Port Trade and has long been synonymous with the greatest Vintage Ports. The Symington Family acquired the company from the Graham’s family in 1970, so today Graham’s remains a wholly family-owned firm. At the heart of Graham’s Port is the famous Quinta dos Malvedos in the upper reaches of the Douro Valley. The old winery was completely renovated in 2000 and it is now equipped with three of the revolutionary robotic lagares that ‘tread’ the grapes. Alongside these are the ancient granite lagares where some of the harvest is still trodden by human foot. The 1991 vintage is a real stalwart wine with a very attractive nose reminiscent of blackberries and violets. It is still very firm in the mouth with masses of tannins and intensely rich, succulent fruit. This port is superb quality, and is showing great promise for long term ageing. James Suckling reviewed this for Wine Spectator, giving it 93 points and saying, "Getting better all the time in the bottle. Real blockbuster of a wine that sneaks up on you. Beautiful tar, grape and berry aromas and flavours. It's full-bodied, quite sweet and reserved, but kicks off at the end with loads of fruit and tannins. Tasted twice with consistent notes."

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