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Graham's Vintage Porto 2011

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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/

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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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Vintage: 1985 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's Vintage Porto

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/04/2013

Offers a decadently fruity aroma, with peppery accents to the cherry, raspberry and dark currant flavors that are lithe and juicy. Grippy tannins grace the mocha- and chocolate-infused finish. Best from 2025 through 2055.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/04/2013

Deliciously sweet and perfumed, its powerful plum fruit flavors make this wine already accessible. In the background are the tannins — solid and concentrated—and the acidity, creating a nervous tension that confirms the wine’s aging potential. Hold for many years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/28/2013

A succulent vintage of Graham’s, this has the plump fruit richness that marks the house style, presented with the brightness and seemingly endless generosity of 2011. It’s a sweet blueberry crush of flavor, satisfying in its depths of firm, saturated tannins. The flavors open and expand, lasting with a sense of purity and near perfect balance. Graham’s is largely a Cima Corgo Port, with half of it coming from the north bank of the Douro at Malvedos and Tua, east of Pinhão, and another 18 percent from just across the river at Vila Velha. This is a 2011 you could enjoy now or 50 years from now.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/17/2014

Bright, deep, saturated ruby. Liqueur-like ripeness to the deeply fruity aromas of kirsch, black raspberry and cassis. Thick, sweet and seamless, with a silky texture and great depth to its utterly primary dark berry and spice flavors. Wonderfully pure, intense young port with outstanding finishing sweetness, well-judged oakiness and big, ripe, noble tannins. Leaves behind exhilarating kirsch and violet notes on the extremely long finish, with a note of bitter chocolate emerging with extended aeration. This fleshy beauty boasts beautifully managed tannins and outstanding aging potential.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/12/2014

This offers a decadently fruity aroma, with peppery accents to the cherry, raspberry and dark currant flavors that are lithe and juicy. Grippy tannins grace the mocha- and chocolate-infused finish. Best from 2025 through 2055.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/20/2014

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 Nacional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousao 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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2003 04/10/2012

[Barrel tasting] This is big and juicy with loads of sweet and rich fruit as well as a racy tannin structure that impresses. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and long on the finish. I like this very much.


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