2011 Graham's "The Stone Terraces" Vintage Port

SKU #1142131 96-98 points 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.  (6/ 2013)

97 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/ 2013)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

 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 Grahamís Quinta dos Malvedos, it has magnificent long-term potential.  (9/ 2013)

97 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/ 2013)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine is a selection from two parcels of terraced vineyards at Malvedos, Grahamís 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 blocksó--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 Grahamís 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.  (12/ 2013)

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Other Red Wines

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Portugal

- 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 D„o area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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Port

- 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.