Graham's "Six Grapes" Port
* Editors' Choice * A notable entry in the vintage-character realm, because it packs an assertiveness and stuffing that others seem to lack. Dusty earth and plum aromas give way to ripe fruity flavors that maintain their freshness. Picks up a hint of anise on the finish. Tasted blind, it could pass for a decent LBV.
From the Producer: "Six Grapes is one of Graham's original Port marques. It is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards (essentially Quinta dos Malvedos and Quinta das Lages) that contribute to Graham's famed Vintage Ports in 'declared' years. As such, it closely resembles Graham's Vintage Port style: full-bodied, with rich opulent black fruit on the palate and fragrant brambly aromas. We think of it as the 'everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker.' Six Grapes is bottled relatively young (between 3 and 4 years) in order to retain the freshness and vigour comparable to a young Vintage Port. The distinctive depiction of grape bunches on the bottle is taken from the identification symbols long used in the Graham's lodge to identify the wines destined to make up the Six Grapes blend. Six Grapes has won a remarkable 3 gold medals at the International Wine Challenge, most recently, in the 2006 edition of this, the world's biggest and most prestigious wine competition.