Graham's 40 Year Old Tawny Port

SKU #240029 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An old, mature wine, but one that has kept its ripeness and richness. The concentration is so intense that one glass is almost enough (except it tastes so good). There are walnuts, bitter chocolate and a delicious clean aftertaste.  (8/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A savory style, fresh-tasting despite its age, with a concentrated array of dried apricot, pear, lavender and sage flavors supported by vibrant acidity. This is very citrusy, presenting a long, refined finish filled with mineral and allspice details. (Web Only—2013)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (10/2004)

K&L Notes

Graham's was founded in 1820 in Portugal's Douro Valley, and sits among the country's elite Port houses. For their aged Tawny Port bottlings, Graham's sources grapes from the pure schist soils of vineyards in the hot and dry mesoclimate at the heart of the Douro Valley. Only the finest casks were held long enough to reach at least 40 years of age, but this bottling also includes reserve wines that date back through four generations of the Master Blender's family. A golden amber color shows a pale green rim which betrays the wine's maturity. The nose is elegant and complex to introduce the palate's melange of fruits and nuts with toffee and cocoa. The finish then becomes a journey all on its own, which perhaps words should not attempt.

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.


- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.