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Graham’s Port Tasting

Back in Feburary, when I arrived in Spain, I made sure to take a quick trip over to Portugal to visit some friends. While I was there, I also managed a quick stop at [Grahams->] Port House for a wine tasting. Check out my notes below:

  • N.V. Graham Porto 20-year Tawny – Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/1/2005)
    Maple, nut brown color, beautiful! Rich wood, and raisen nose with soft toffee carmel notes. Med weight in the mouth with a rich sweetness that drys a bit on the finish followed by an alcohol burn that seems well integrated. Rich wood flavors of oak and a bisquit note that leads me to believe it was covered with carmel. Light fruit through out though only of the dried variety and a soft spice of cinnamon and spicy vanilla. I could drink a lot of this. C5+A13+T18+O9=95 (95 pts.)
  • N.V. Graham Porto 10 Year Old Tawny – Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/1/2005)
    Light brown with glints of Ruby as is agitrated. Noticeable wood and alcohol on the nose with hints of carmel and light fruit. Rich in the mouth with a coating quality followed bylight alcohol on the finish. Carmel, with dried raisen, prune and a clove/allspice note intermingled. I need cheese with this to bring to life. Very nice wine though the alcohol is a bit distracting on the finish. C5+A13+T17+O7=92 (92 pts.)
  • N.V. Graham Porto Six Grapes – Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/1/2005)
    Almost maroon in color. Nose of plum and dried cherries with hints of liquorice. Also a distinct stewed fruit quality as if I was in the room as my mom prepared homemade jam! Med weight with a nice richness and no alcohol presence, also the tannins seem soft but noticeable. Big fruit, almost candy like with cherry, strawberry, and a light smokiness. Very nice. C5+A12+T16+O8=91 (91 pts.)
  • 1998 Graham Porto Late Bottled Vintage – Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/1/2005)
    Deep reddich purple all the way to the rim. This spent 6 years in Oak. Elementary school paste with light anise and pencil lead on the nose with a rich berry quality lurking beind it all. Rich in the mouth with a strong alcohol presence on the finish. Sweet fruit and lots of spice, black pepper, anise, clove, and a nice black berry quality to support it all. Though here they say it cannot age, I think this might gain from 2 or 3 years lying down. C5+A12+T16+O7=90
    I liked this more as it sat open and if I was to re-rate would give it a T17 and O8 (90 pts.)
  • N.V. Graham Porto Tico Dry – Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/1/2005)
    Austere, and alive!Light nose with a slight nuttiness and some pear? Almost steely with an underlying softness. Very dry in the mouth with an austerity and light bite on the finish. Fresh mosit nut quality with some light fruit. A nice apretif though not for large amounts of consumption. C5+A11+T14+O7=87 (87 pts.)
  • N.V. Graham Porto Fine white Port – Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/1/2005)
    Honeyied nose with a light minerality. Both this and the other white are a light clover honey color. The nose also shows light muscat like grape qualities. Med to heavey in the mouth with noticealbe residual sugar. Also a definate alcohol heat on the finish. Nice though a bit brash.C5+A11+T13+O6=85 (85 pts.)

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  • Violette

    Have just returned from the Douro region and visiting Graham's Port cellars. Enjoyed the tasting on their Fine White Port and now looking to purchase in the U.K. Please can you help me with a web address for Graham's Port House? thank you.

  • Violette

    Have just returned from the Douro region and visiting Graham’s Port cellars. Enjoyed the tasting on their Fine White Port and now looking to purchase in the U.K.

    Please can you help me with a web address for Graham’s Port House? thank you.

  • geremy

    Not all the people can make alcohol tasting, apart from the fact they need to have the right perfect senses for this, they also need to be strong people for facing alcohol temptations. In tasting wines there is a certain risk of addiction…