2011 Graham's Vintage Port

SKU #1142248 95-97 points 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.  (5/ 2013)

96 points James Suckling

 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.  (5/ 2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (9/ 2013)

96 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/ 2013)

94 points 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.  (12/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (5/ 2013)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/8/2014  | Send Email
What a classic! This great vintage port is a must for anyone who has an anniversary or child born in 2011. It not only has the classic black fruit sweetness of Graham, but layers of Spanish root complexity. I found this 2011 to have both the richness of the vintage and the great vinous character of the very best of wines. This will be a great one for the future, with grip, acidity and length for the ages!
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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.