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2020 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


96 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Lush, open, and expressive, with captivating violet, boysenberry, and mulberry aromas and flavors that stream forth, underscored by a mouthwatering licorice snap note. This has lots of energy in reserve, too.”

94 Pointz James Suckling

“A plump and juicy Graham with lots of iodine, plum, and sweet-berry character. Some herb and mint, too. Medium-to full-bodied, very sweet and flavorful with lots of length. Fine tannins and refined character. Fresh and delicious. 3,000 bottles. One for earlier drinking. Try after 2028.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2020 Vintage Port is a blend of 25% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca, 22% Sousao, and various others, including a blend from old vines. It comes in with 118 grams of residual sugar after 18 months in old oak vats. This likely got a little extra incentive in terms of its declaration because of Graham's bicentenary, but it is a pretty good offering. Sweet and easy, this comes into a good place with just a couple of hours of aeration. It opens disjointed and angular, then resolves into a lovely Port with great fruit and good supporting structure. This needs some time. It should develop more and improve. When it gets to where it is going, it is going to be delicious. Let's start here, but plan on cellaring this. There were 3,000 bottles made in this bicentenary limited edition.”




2017 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


97 Pointz James Suckling

“Pure grape aromas that remind me of fermenting must but then goes to stems and dried flowers. Full-bodied, medium sweet with fine-grained tannins that coat your palate. Powerful and muscular yet remains agile and beautiful. Grows on your palate. Wonderful ripe fruit in the middle palate. Try after 2030.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2017 Vintage Port, bottled in May for release in the third quarter of 2019, is mostly a 42/38 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca with old vines and miscellaneous others (including about 8% Alicante Bouschet) for the rest. It was bottled about a month before this tasting after 18 months in seasoned vats, but the just-bottled sample was not actually used for fear it might be in shock. This, accordingly, was actually a pre-bottling sample. It comes in with 106 grams of residual sugar. Opening with dramatic color, this adds violets on the nose. It retains elegance while seeming subtly concentrated rather than jammy. Then, it finishes with pop and controlled power. For those who remember the powerhouse Dows in the past, that's not quite this for the most part. It is an accessible and elegant Dow, relatively speaking. Charles Symington said that the higher proportion of Touriga Franca compared to some years contributed to that. That said, this still has the structure to age and develop. It seems wonderfully fresh and lifted all the while, but it's neither rich, nor intense nor austere. This is a Dow that still needs some time to become more expressive and complex, though. There were 5,250 cases produced.”


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“The wine is packed with glorious black fruits that have immense backing tannins. It has a succulent edge of juicy acidity that sears the tannins and promises a great future.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Lush and inviting, with waves of cassis, melted red licorice, plum preserves and boysenberry reduction coursing through, carried by a velvety structure that lets this flow wonderfully. Flashes of apple wood and tar score the finish, which ends with authoritative cut. This is serious.”

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“This has the plump sweetness of a Graham’s vintage, teeming with black fruit and saturated with tannins as chewy as the thick black skins of blueberries. Underneath the smoky oak tannins, there’s a gentle rose scent that hints at the wine’s development ahead.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


97 Pointz Decanter

“Based on fruit from the predominantly south-facing Quinta do Bomfim in the Cima Corgo and Quinta Senhora da Ribeira in the Douro Superior, with Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca making up 80% of the blend. This is opaque and closed in but powerfully ripe with underlying pure berry fruit. It's seemingly quite introverted compared to some of its peers at this stage, but it's still full, rich, and opulent on the palate. It also shows the latent power of the vintage, made as it is in a slightly drier style (3.4 Baumé), with lovely minty fruit and full, ripe sinewy tannins all the way through the finish. Long and lithe, and very fine. Drinking Window 2035 - 2060”


18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine


“Black core with purple rim. Very different from the Stone Terraces just tasted, sweet and somehow more lifted as if more volatile. Hedgerow fruits on the nose, floral too, and again that real sweetness of fruit on the palate. Intense, firmly built but very generous in its sweet fruit character even if not analytically sweeter. Fine-grained but still grainy tannins with some hints of dried fruits on the finish. When I tasted this a second time on a different occasion, it seemed much fresher and more vibrant so I increased my score and lengthened the drinking window.”



2016 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


99 Pointz James Suckling

“Extremely complex aromas that show the classic Graham character of black-fruit marmalade and burnt oranges. Follows through to a full body with great grip at the finish. Lightly sweet. Chewy and powerful. Such a focus at the end.’


98 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This offers a distilled plum and boysenberry essence, with a racy feel, as spearmint and graphite notes drive through. As the finish kicks in, this turns toward the dark side, with ganache, charcoal, and tar elements. Has the showy ripeness of the vintage but is backed by a decidedly dry feel on the finish, imparting a sense of precision despite the heft. Best from 2030 through 2055.”


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“This finely structured wine is powered by fine tannins and rich fruits. A touch of acidity comes through the rich berry flavors and the concentration of the dark tannins. This wine will certainly age, don't drink before 2028.”


96 Pointz Vinous

“The 2016 Graham’s Vintage Port is inky black in colour. The bouquet is voluminous and intense, the aromas almost shrouding your head! Blackberry, black olive, clove, and a touch of smoke, just a hint of pencil box in the background. The palate is brilliant, quite brilliant. Supple tannin, a satin-like texture, perfect balance, and unerring purity, this is a fabulous Graham’s that effortlessly fans out and caresses the senses on the finish. This Graham’s has huge potential and is going to give a lot of pleasure for many years.”


95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Vintage Port is a blend of 37% Touriga Nacional, 42% Touriga Franca, and various others. It comes in with 115 grams of residual sugar. A bit bigger than Dow's this year, this is more intense as well. The better wine of these two benchmarks seems to be this Graham's. Tight on the finish, aromatic, and very flavorful, this actually opens rather well and shows off its lovely fruit. The Dow's will be approachable a bit earlier, perhaps, and this may reward aging even more. As always, Graham's is wonderfully delicious. That's one hallmark of the house. I'm not sure this is a truly great Graham's, but at the moment, it is enticing, with plenty of potential for improvement. There were 6,325 cases produced, plus some bottles in other formats.”


94 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Once it opens, it’s voluptuous, almost overly sweet at first, but the tart edges of the fruit and the licorice-scented tannins suggest the elegance that will come with time. It grows silky with air, seeming to transfer the sweetness from the fruit to the tannins, which take on a caramelized walnut flavor. A beautiful vintage of Graham’s, this has the integration and depth of flavor to age for decades.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

98 Pointz Decanter

“Super-ripe with an expressive plum and dark chocolate aroma. Rich opulence backed by dark chocolate intensity and spicy tannic grip – big and bold on the finish. Voluptuous with fabulous richness, big and bold on the finish. This is one for the long haul but it’s already very impressive.”


18.5+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson

“Extremely deep purplish crimson. Wonderfully pure nose – so direct and intense. Long and schistous somehow. Very fresh fruit quality. Almost like a mouthwash, it’s so pure and brisk. Linear.”




2011 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“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.”


96 Pointz James Suckling

“Aromas of licorice, wet earth, and berries follow through to a full body, medium sweetness, and a chewy finish. Real deal. Structured.”



96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“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.”


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“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.”


96 Pointz Wine Spectator

“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.”


94 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“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.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Meaty and concentrated. Really covers the palate -- full width. Seems drier than most of the components on the finish but thoroughly exciting and complete. Spicy and noble. Minerally finish.”






2007 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2007 Graham’s Vintage Port is complete in every way. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an ethereal perfume of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, an amalgam of ripe black fruits, and a hint of chocolate in the background. This leads to a dense, super-rich, plush, opulent wine that hides its structure under all the fruit. Vibrant, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally lengthy, it will easily age for another 25-30 years in the cellar and drink well through 2050, probably longer. It is a tour de force.”


97 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“A classic vintage of Graham'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 Douro'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.”


96 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible

“Rich and chewy, with masses of blueberry, blackberry and raisin character. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a long, powerful finish. Big and juicy, with ultraripe fruit. Racy and full of class. Like cashmere in texture.”


95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“A Port for aging, as you would expect from Graham’s. The wine is dry, firm, textured, solid, and dense. The fruit flavors of fresh cranberry and black currant are a supporting act at this stage. Classic vintage.”


94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“Saturated, deep violet-ruby color. Supersweet nose conveys a distinctly liqueur-like quality to the flamboyant dark fruit, licorice pastille, and chocolate aromas. Sweet, lush, round, and hugely concentrated, with extraordinary lift and purity for a vintage port with this kind of ripeness and thickness of material. The sexy dark chocolate quality carries through in the mouth. Finishes with outstanding breadth, length, and sweetness of fruit. It's easy to underrate a wine that's so sweet in the early going, but this has the density, vibrancy, and spine for three or four decades of development in bottle.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Black with a narrow dark purple rim. Ripe dark damsons and violets and cassis, just a touch of fig. Lots of sweet oak spice. Sweetest dark fruit. Fine-grained, peppery, and then very fresh. Refined, tight and so pure and juicy and great freshness. Lovely balance and restraint. Empty glass smells of sweet roasted fruit.”






2003 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews



96 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“An expansive chord of mineral and black fruit flavor, this vintage of Graham's is all-enveloping in its sheer power. The tannins and the fruit strike a balance with dense, floral, purple-black flavors over crushed stone. That schisty grip of the tannin ends up feeling supple and curvaceous, defining the boundaries of the fruit rather than restricting it. The best vintage of Graham's in recent memory, this 2003 should be drinking well from 2025 to 2046, and should live well beyond that.”


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Best of 2005

“This is a great Port, from a great brand. It is packed with solid, structured, rich, and intense black fruit flavors. Its tannins show considerable aging potential. It is a big, ripe wine, balanced by a long, lingering dark aftertaste.”


95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Violets, roses, spices, and candied dark fruits emanate from the glass of the murky black/purple colored 2003 Graham Vintage Port. After four days of air, this wine’s aromatics sweetened further, displaying jammy blackberry and blueberry scents. Bold, full-bodied, and expansive, the Graham benefited the most from extensive contact with air of all the 2003s tasted for this report. This opulently jammy wine assaults the palate with powerful yet soft layers of oily, candied red fruits as well as notes of tar and hints of mocha. A highly concentrated effort, it is creamy textured, suave, and reveals an admirably long finish filled with additional layers of dark fruits intermingled with spices.”


95 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“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.”


94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Loads of tar and blackberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with medium sweetness, big, velvety tannins and a long finish. A big, juicy wine.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

17.5+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Very dark blackish crimson. Some sweet liquorice and then massively sweet on the palate. Heat is a little obvious on the palate at the moment. A bit sinewy and awkward for now. Black pepper!”




2000 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling

“Aromas of dried fruits, raisins, and Christmas cake. Some chocolate undertones too, plus licorice and wet earth. Full body, medium sweet with gorgeous depth and intensity of fruit. So long and beautiful. What an amazing finish already. So sexy.... this will go on for decades.”


98 Pointz Wine Spectator

#9 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2003


“Plush, ripe, and really packed, with a mix of warmed cassis, plum reduction, and fig compote notes that just won't quit, all backed by hints of melted red licorice, warmed fruitcake, and mulling spice notes. The long finish is fruit-coated but ripples with energy. This is really taking its time to come around fully as it remains one of the wines of the vintage.—Blind 2000 Vintage Port retrospective.”


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Grapy, unformed, black raspberry liqueur and licorice-infused cassis notes leap from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. Sweet, plush, rich, and accessible, it is a forward, lush, concentrated effort that should drink well for two decades.”


94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“Saturated black-ruby. Superripe, bottomless nose of black fruits, mocha, bitter chocolate, and flowers. Hugely sweet, dense, and rich. A port of outstanding opulence and creamy texture; deceptively easy to taste. Substantial, sweet, spreading tannins are buried under a wave of fruit. Extremely long, fruit-driven finish.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter

“The 2000 growing season is known for quality over quantity. A mild, dry winter led to early bud burst before April and May brought unusual amounts of rain. This caused disruption to fruit set and a small harvest, but summer delivered some stability with good weather stretching right into September and through the harvest, ultimately with excellent fruit quality and fermentations under near ideal conditions. RM Strangely withdrawn on the nose, though perhaps just in a phase – it’s much better on the palate with fresh berry fruit, firm tannins, and lovely overall depth. Balanced, not especially big, but very nicely structured. SJ Lush and majestic palate. Indulgently concentrated but well balanced, with cooked black fruit, chocolate, and nutmeg spice. Incredibly long, with many years ahead. DW This is a full, ripe, sweet, juicy, and expressive example with blueberry appeal, leather/ spice notes, and freshness, as well as notable tannic tension.”


19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“So young! Hardly any signs of bottle age here, with the primary red fruit still going full throttle. Brilliantly balanced. Super-rich and thick. Most likely immortal.”




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1997 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Still a bit compact, as the core of warm steeped fig, blackberry, and black currant fruit hasn't stretched out fully yet. However, there's so much warm toffee, toasted peanut, and singed alder coursing through that this is a fun drink now. A big, gutsy style. Should open up fully with a bit more time.”


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage port's moderately intense bouquet. It is not one of the great Graham's Ports and is less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive.”


90 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“Deep, saturated ruby. Subtle, complex, lively aromas of blackberry, flowers, licorice, spices and mint. Rich, supple, and concentrated, if not as supersweet or densely structured as some outstanding recent vintages of Graham. But this nicely balanced port boasts lovely mouthwatering vinosity and enough backbone for medium-term aging. Finishes spicy and very long, with strong black fruit flavors. An easygoing style of Graham.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Deep crimson. Thick, sweet and concentrated. Round and full and unctuous. Lots of macerated prunes and confidence. Lively and dense with real richness but a correct structure. Some floral notes and some dry tannins on the finish. Not quite married but a definite tea flavour. Dry finish.”




1994 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


96 Robert Parker’s Pointz Wine Advocate

“The 1994 Vintage Port is going to be re-released. It has about 100 grams per liter of residual sugar. With a big eucalyptus note up front, this is elegant in the mid-palate with controlled tannins. Sweet and easy in some ways, this is readily approachable now, perhaps not at peak, but more expressive than the relatively brooding Dow's, also reviewed. The hint of caramel and raisins mixed with sugar makes this irresistible. It is sexy and intriguing.”


95 Pointz Vinous

“The 1994 Graham’s Vintage Port, which incidentally carries quite noticeable sediment, as there is no fining or filtration, is beginning to show a little bricking on the rim. The bouquet is very harmonious and welcoming, featuring aromas of mulberry, roasted chestnut, pressed rose petals, autumn leaves, and a hint of liquorice. The nose is not powerful; rather, it displays a brooding intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and lightly spiced with clove, pain d’épices, and again, a scintilla of liquorice. Though it obviously has another 20 or 30 years in the tank, this mellow Graham’s is drinking beautifully now.”


95 Pointz Wine Spectator

“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.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter

“Highly Recommended 16 years ago, and the same this time round. It's deep, dark, closed, and dense, with more to give on the nose. It's a bit hot and cooked, but maybe this is just a stage it's going through. Rich and voluptuous in style, it shows liquorice and mint notes followed by big, ripe tannins piling up on the finish. Better in five years.”


17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Evolving rim. Lightly cheesy nose with prune notes too. Very sweet start. Dry finish. Quite burly on the palate and ‘smudgy’ on the nose. This 1994 shows up the purity of the 2016.”






1991 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Graham's 1991 Vintage Port gets my nod as the port of the vintage. While keeping in mind that Graham's aims for a sweeter-styled port, there is no doubting the opaque purple/black color, or the explosive nose of black fruits, licorice, spring flowers, and tar. Thick and full-bodied, with a satiny texture and a blockbuster, alcoholic finish, this is a top-notch vintage port.”


93 Pointz Wine Spectator

#29 Top 100 1994

“Lovely plum and coffee aromas open to a full-bodied palate, with sweet, decadent fruit. Velvety, with a long finish. Lots going on.”







1985 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“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.”



96 Pointz Wine Spectator

“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.”

94 Pointz James Suckling

“Aromas of violets, dried fruits, and figs. Full body, medium sweet, beautiful tannins and length. Seems to be growing in depth and intensity. Beautiful now. I love the tannin tension to this.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

97 Pointz Decanter

“Probably the best wine from a good, ripe though rather variable vintage: still deep at the centre with a thin tawny rim; lovely ripe plummy aromas, open but still brooding with more to reveal; ripe and fleshy on the palate with glorious plum and cherry fruit backed by firm ripe tannins leading to a powerful finish. Ready to drink now and will keep and develop in bottle for another thirty years at least!”


17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Deep garnet. A touch of spirit alongside lifted floral notes, with smoky minerality and underlying red fruit. Rich, sweet, full-bodied and silky. Long, Christmas-cake finish, though the alcohol is again evident, taking this away from being in the top flight.”





1983 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews



93 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A superb achievement from a very underrated year. Deep dark ruby-purple, with rich floral and violet aromas, full-bodied, with masses of strawberry flavors, full tannins, and a long finish.”


92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“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. The 1983, like most vintage ports, seems more forward than normal but has a great depth of very ripe, viscous, unctuous, plummy, tarry fruit, and significant tannin in its long finish. It is black-purple in color. I doubt that it will be either as profound or as long-lived as the great 1977, but is is certainly one of the top two or three ports of this vintage, and better than the excellent 1980.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

94 Pointz Decanter

“Still quite tight-knit on the nose, mid-weight with gentle, rather lovely cherry fruit and a spicy vestige of the firm tannins that were the hallmark of the 1983 vintage at the outset.”



1980 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


90 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This is very impressive, with loads of fruit and tannins. Deep ruby, with a floral, cherry, and plum nose, full-bodied, with medium tannins and sweet plum flavors on the finish.”




1977 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“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.”


91 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Medium ruby-red. Aromas of milk chocolate, plum, mint, and violet. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and lots of berry and cherry fruit. Very fruity and fresh. Long and lively. Delicious now, but will improve.”


90 Pointz James Suckling


This wine is going through a dumb period at the moment [writing in 1990]. It is closed and not giving much on the palate. It is still a big, hard, and tightly knit wine. Deep purple-ruby with intense floral, cassis, and prune aromas, full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and extremely hard tannins. Built for ageing.


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Mid tawny. Slightly reticent nose of gingerbread, Christmas cake and dried cherry. Voluptuous palate, with silky tannins and spicy, figgy intensity. Integral, dark-chocolate finish. Overall, gives the sense that this still has another phase to go – I’d love to see this in 10 years.”




1970 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This is an extremely full-bodied, powerful wine, but it still retains a classy balance. Deep ruby, with chocolate and berry aromas, full-bodied, with anise and dried cherry flavors, full, hard tannins, and a long finish.”


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“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. The 1970 is a monumental vintage port and one of the greats of the vintage.”


19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Browning core with tawny rim but still some red in the colour. Lovely herbal scent with hints of bitter orange, plus figs, complex scented dried fruits but not at all raisined, tannins still have a little bit of friction but there's an incredible amount of fruit even now, and silky on the finish. Deep and gently chewy with the intense freshness of spiced bitter orange. Port expert Richard Mayson described it as 'one of the post-war greats'. Fabulous length and unfolds in the glass. Great freshness.”




1963 Graham's Vintage Port Reviews


97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This is a monumental wine with a great balance of fruit and tannin. Medium ruby with a garnet edge, enticing nose of bitter chocolate and plums, full-bodied, with chocolate and raspberry flavors, medium tannins, and a very long finish.”


96 Pointz Wine Advocate

“What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol, and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box, and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced, understated on the entry but building all the time, flashes of eucalyptus leading towards a more extrovert, clove tinged finish that hangs around the palate like an obsessed ex-girlfriend. Gorgeous Grahams!”


91 Pointz Vinous

“The 1963 Graham’s Vintage Port is mature in colour, with wide bricking on the rim and a mahogany core. It has an elegant, almost understated bouquet for a 1963, presenting scents of eucalyptus, antique bureau, clove, and Chinese five-spice, all beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced, silky smooth in texture, and spiced with white pepper, touches of curry leaf, and cracked black pepper.”



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