Graham's 40-year-old Tawny Port
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.
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)
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.