1970 Graham's Vintage Port (Wine Society Bottling)

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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, we finished the evening with an exquisite bottle of 1970 Graham's Vintage Port. It was rich and concentrated with loads of berry fruit, an unctuous texture, balanced freshness, and surprising vigor and youthfulness for 36-year old port." Hedonists Gazette March 2006 Charleston Tasting. 94 points Wine Spectator: "This is an extremely full-bodied, powerful wine, but it still retains a classy balance. Deep ruby, with chocolate and berry aromas, full-bodied, with anise and dried cherry flavors, full, hard tannins and a long finish."

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/14/2009  | Send Email
The subject of perfection in particular wines I leave to journalists, but this wine has tempted me to ignore that good policy. I have been lucky enough to have this wine more than five times, and it is perfect in a number of senses of that over used word. If one takes perfect to mean "to finish" then the '70 Graham is perfect twice: it is completely ready and finished maturing (though I am sure it will continue to keep for years to come), and I dare you not to finish this bottle with the right group. If one follows Aristotle’s three criteria for perfection, the 1970 Graham more than flirts with meeting them. The wine has "all of its requisite parts"- freshly preserved dark fruit, rich sweetness and tannic power. It certainly has "attained its purpose" after nearly 40 years, with mature complexity, a ruby glow and a finish that blossoms long after swallowing the wine. As for being, "so good that nothing of the kind could be better," I will be happy to continue to compare... This wine certainly meets my own criteria for perfection in wine - it leaves me not only wanting for nothing, but surprises me with aroma, flavor and persistence that I did not even think to want. Most importantly, it is seamless, and defies the flavor wheel descriptors that are tacked on to so many wines. If you splurge on this, please treat it with respect, and it give it the three months it deserves to settle so it will decant cleanly- Graham only made this perfect 1970 once!
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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 Dão 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.