Graham's 40 Year Old Tawny Port

SKU #240029 96 points Wine Spectator

 A warm, lush style, with brown bread, fig compote, ginger marmalade and date flavors coating the palate before streaks of bitter orange and almond kick in, imparting cut and enlivening the finish. A note of incense weaves around it all, adding intrigue. (JM)  (5/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An old, mature wine, but one that has kept its ripeness and richness. The concentration is so intense that one glass is almost enough (except it tastes so good). There are walnuts, bitter chocolate and a delicious clean aftertaste. (RV)  (8/2006)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (10/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Very pale fox red. This wine must date from very soon after the Symingtons took over Graham's and must contain masses of wine that pre-dates their era. Wonderfully waftily perfumed. Some rancio but the sweetness and featherlight orange peel impression trumps it. It's like being caressed by a feather. With some walnuts on the finish. Very delicate but such a treat. (JR) 18/20 points  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

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 hot and dry mesoclimates at the heart of the Douro Valley. Only the finest casks were held long enough to reach at least 40 years of age, but this bottling also includes reserve wines that date back through four generations of the Master Blender's family. A golden amber color shows a pale green rim which betrays the wine's maturity. The nose is elegant and complex to introduce the palate's melange of fruits and nuts with toffee and cocoa. The finish then becomes a journey all on its own, which perhaps words should not attempt. 91 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at John E. Fells portfolio tasting. A more complex nose than the 10-Year Old Tawny with allspice, tangerine, blood orange, lemongrass and clove. The palate is medium-bodied with a clean, assertive entry that belies its age, a little drier than the 10-year-old but smooth and surprisingly fleshy with a hint of Schezhuan peppers on the caressing finish. Excellent. Tasted September 2009." (05/2010)

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- 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.


- 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.