Graham's 10-year-old Tawny Port
*Editors' Choice* Powered with acidity and its firm structure, this is an intensely dry, concentrated, powerful wine. It certainly has wines in the blend that are older than 10 years, yet it is definitely a 10-Year Old in style, as the fresh fruit to finish confirms.
This has a zesty, sweet floral aroma, with delicate, well-spiced flavors of apple tart, flan and cocoa powder. The plush, mouthfilling finish of cream, vanilla and raspberry is fresh and balanced. Drink now.
What handsome squat bottles Graham's tawnies come in... Very pale rose red. Light, rather muddy nose and then lots of brown sugar sweetness and lightness on the palate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at John E. Fells portfolio tasting. This 10-Year Old tawny has a vibrant, citrus nose with touches of sloe, Clementine, fresh ginger and lemon rind. It leaps from the glass. The palate is smooth and viscous with notes of dried mango, sloe, a touch of eau-de-vie, ginger and cloves. Nice weight on the finish with that warmth of alcohol keeping you snug and warm. Tasted September 2009. (NM, Wine Journal)
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. The 10-year has a deep tawny color and profile, but retains still retains a hint of fresh fruit at its modest age. Nuts and figs grace the nose and palate to represent Graham's house style of richness and versatility.