2011 Graham's Vintage Port (Previously $90)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Grahamís comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga NaÁional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sous„o and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more 'serious' bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of 'The Stone Terraces' vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Grahamís.
Aromas of licorice, wet earth and berries follow through to a full body, medium sweetness and a chewy finish. Real deal. Structured. 8,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try after 2023.
Deliciously sweet and perfumed, its powerful plum fruit flavors make this wine already accessible. In the background are the tannins solid and concentrated and the acidity, creating a nervous tension that confirms the wineís aging potential. Hold for many years.
Offers a decadently fruity aroma, with peppery accents to the cherry, raspberry and dark currant flavors that are lithe and juicy. Grippy tannins grace the mocha- and chocolate-infused finish.Best from 2025 through 2055.
Wine & Spirits
A succulent vintage of Grahamís, this has the plump fruit richness that marks the house style, presented with the brightness and seemingly endless generosity of 2011. Itís a sweet blueberry crush of flavor, satisfying in its depths of firm, saturated tannins. The flavors open and expand, lasting with a sense of purity and near perfect balance. Grahamís is largely a Cima Corgo Port, with half of it coming from the north bank of the Douro at Malvedos and Tua, east of Pinh„o, and another 18 percent from just across the river at Vila Velha. This is a 2011 you could enjoy now or 50 years from now.
They say they have worked very hard to avoid mouthpuckering tannins. Managed quite differently even though the IPT is as high as it's ever been. Meaty and concentrated. Really covers the palate -- full width. Seems drier than most of the components on the finish but thoroughly exciting and complete. Spicy and noble. Minerally finish. 19/20 points.