1983 Graham's Vintage Port

SKU #980221 93 points Wine Spectator

 A superb achievement from a very underrated year. Deep dark ruby-purple, with rich floral and violet aromas, full-bodied, with masses of strawberry flavors, full tannins and a long finish  (1/ 1989)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. The 1983, like most vintage ports, seems more forward than normal but has a great depth of very ripe, viscous, unctuous, plummy, tarry fruit and significant tannin in its long finish. It is black-purple in color. I doubt that it will be either as profound or as long-lived as the great 1977, but is is certainly one of the top two or three ports of this vintage, and better than the excellent 1980.  (1/ 1989)

Jancis Robinson

 Not as intense a crimson as the 1980. Quite a wide colourless rim. Burnt, sweet, almost charred nose. The overwhelming impression is one of slightly simple sweetness. Canít see any tannins left here -- until the very end. Jewel-like -- sort of rubies in a glass. Exceptionally rich and on the finish quite delicate in fact. Very slightly simple with the alcohol just nudging in on the finish. 18/20 points.  (10/ 2006)

K&L Notes

4 stars from Michael Broadbent.

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