2011 Graham's "The Stone Terraces" Vintage Port
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The inaugural The Stone Terraces comes from two 18th century schist stone terraces in Quinta dos Malvedos, one 1.6 hectares and the other 0.6 hectares, whose exposure and soil have made them stand out over the years. Finally, in 2011 they were picked together and fermented in one lagar that yielded just four pipes. It has startling clarity and minerality on the nose, one of those young Ports where the spirit is so pure that it is difficult to distinguish from an unfortified wine! The palate is silky smooth and slightly honeyed on the entry, leading to a very harmonious, svelte, sensual Vintage Port with copious pure blackberry, cassis and mineral notes that build wonderfully towards the finish. This is captivating, though you will have to fight for one of the 250 cases (individually numbered bottles.) Tasted May 2013.
Fantastic aromas of crushed berries and flowers with hints of minerals. Full body, lightly sweet with a powerful tannin and bright acid backbone. Goes on for minutes. Only 250 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine from two small stone-terraced vineyards at Quinta dos Malvedos. Try after 2020.
very aromatic wine, with violet perfumes, this is attractive and obviously ageworthy. The wine has the richness and tannic structure necessary, while showing an open, accessible character. The acidity shows strongly at the end. Produced from old vineyards at Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos, it has magnificent long-term potential.
Big, rich and powerful, with vibrant kirsch, red plum and raspberry tart flavors that are fresh and juicy. The peppery finish glides easily off the tongue, revealing notes of milk chocolate. A chocolate character defines the finish, offering plenty of grip. Best from 2025 through 2060.
Wine & Spirits
This wine is a selection from two parcels of terraced vineyards at Malvedos, Graham’s home base since 1890. One parcel faces east, to the morning sun, the other faces north; much of the rest of Malvedos is south facing. Charles Symington co-fermented the fruit from these two blocks—--ess than five acres combined--in one lagar, producing 250 cases of this silky, supple 2011. It has the sweet fruit dimensions of a classic Graham’s vintage, carrying a vast store of tannins as if they were the honey of crushed rock. Its tangy wild fruit character lights up the finish, offering a taste of blueberry, fruitcake and spice even as the wine maintains black, impenetrable depths.