2007 Graham's Vintage Port
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2007 Grahamís Vintage Port is complete in every way. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an ethereal perfume of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, an amalgam of ripe black fruits, and a hint of chocolate in the background. This leads to a dense, super-rich, plush, opulent wine that hides its structure under all the fruit. Vibrant, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally lengthy, it will easily age for another 25-30 years in the cellar and drink well through 2050, probably longer. It is a tour de force.
Rich and chewy, with masses of blueberry, blackberry and raisin character. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a long, powerful finish. Big and juicy, with ultraripe fruit. Racy and full of class. Like cashmere in texture. Best after 2018.
A Port for aging, as you would expect from Grahamís. The wine is dry, firm, textured, solid and dense. The fruit flavors of fresh cranberry and black currant are a supporting act at this stage. Classic vintage.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated, deep violet-ruby color. Supersweet nose conveys a distinctly liqueur-like quality to the flamboyant dark fruit, licorice pastille and chocolate aromas. Sweet, lush, round and hugely concentrated, with extraordinary lift and purity for a vintage port with this kind of ripeness and thickness of material. The sexy dark chocolate quality carries through in the mouth. Finishes with outstanding breadth, length and sweetness of fruit. It's easy to underrate a wine that's so sweet in the early going, but this has the density, vibrancy and spine for three or four decades of development in bottle.
Black with a narrow dark purple rim. Ripe dark damsons and violets and cassis, just a touch of fig. Lots of sweet oak spice. Sweetest dark fruit. Fine grained, peppery and then very fresh. Refined, tight and so pure and juicy and great freshness. Lovely balance and restraint. Empty glass smells of sweet roasted fruit. 18/20 points. Drink 2020 to 2045.