1994 Graham's Vintage Port
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In a port tasting, tasting Graham's is almost like tasting a big, rich, succulent Merlot after a group of blockbuster, tannic Cabernets. Sweeter and more obvious than many ports, the opaque purple-colored 1994 is fruity, powerful, and rich, with an addictive hedonistic quality. It will be ready to drink in 8-10 years and keep for up to 30. As always, this is a showy, flamboyant port that has the advantage of being slightly sweeter than other 1994s. A great Graham's. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2035.
A big, tough, young vintage Port that's closed and difficult to taste. 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. Best after 2010.
Deep garnet. Amazing nose: complex and rich, cigar box and fig, violets and sweet baking spice, muscovado sugar, ripe baked plums. Huge depth and richness, grippy but fully rounded tannins. Depth and yet no heaviness. Slight nuttiness. After all that intensity, still has freshness on the finish. Baked potato skins. Lovely sweetness. Drink 2020-2035. (18.5/20 points)
93 points Neal Martin: "The Grahams ’94 is still very tight and youthful on the nose, quite strict and conservative with smoky black fruit with hints of Chinese 5-spice, singed leather and bay leaf. Very well defined. The palate is full-bodied, creamy in texture on the entry, very spicy with a thwack of lemongrass and ginger on the black palate, superb length, a Grahams straining at the leash. This has impressive length: muscular and compelling. Excellent. Drink now-2035. Tasted April 2010." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com, 11/2010)