1983 Graham's Vintage Port (375ml)
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. (Web-1989)
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.
Four stars in Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine: "Eleven notes. Black velvet in 1985 and 1986, fine wine, great length. In the early 1990s still impressively deep; rather muted nose, not unlike the '80s. Rich, lean yet with good flesh. Distinctly, and typically, sweeter than its 'cousins' Dow and Warre at the valuable Symington tasting in 1994. A year later, still deep and intense; black cherry with purple rim; 'ver Graham' nose, citrus-like fruit, attractive, still tannic. A very good '83."