Portugal; 9/18/2016-9/25/2016 (Portugal): Ruby color, no bricking; nose is reticent with some spice but not much else; palate is full bodied, cassis, some black fruit, tannins are medium-plus and still need time to integrate, medium acid, medium sweetness; medium finish. I don't think this is showing at its best, though right now is good but lacks character and intensity on the nose. If you have any, wait. 90
This immediately reminded me of a high-end creme de cassis. The dark fruit is extraordinarily dense and pure. It expands into raspberry liqueur and the slightest hints of leather and tobacco (aging notes). But that's about it for now.
It would be fun to taste this wine 10, 20, 30, and 40 years from now. It's delicious now, but it's overwhelmingly fruit forward.
From a half. This was, again, a stellar showing for this port. We needed a little port for a reduction, so I went with this bottle, knowing that it is drinking well now. Popped the cork, took a little for the reduction and let the rest of the bottle sit for a couple of hours. Amazing, lush fruit. Mouth coating. Long, long finish. It drank this while eating a ribeye (don't judge me), and it paired really well.
Drank over 4 evenings. More subtle than I expected; certainly not overly thick or too "port-like". In a dozing stage? An easy drinker. Would pair well with main dishes as well as desserts. Drinking window unknown.
Damn Winos (Ambrosia Restaurant in Eugene): First time I've ever seen a waiter just turn the bottle upside down and essentially "splash decant" a 15 y/o VP! My cringing aside, the wine is still great and very drinkable. Ripe black fruit, spice, florals, cocoa, black licorice candy, and molasses all reasonably integrated. Much better out of our bigger glasses than the stupid little "port" glasses at Ambrosia. Everyone got a bit of the crust from the "decant", making for a rustic overtone, and yet it was still a great match for their chocolate torte w/ raspberry ganache. Has 20+ years.
Flamboyant nose, full of Xmas cake, graham cracker, rum, raisins, and a nice floral note. A little disappointing on the palate, as it seemed soft and very sweet, but lacking either the structure or freshness I look for in great Port to balance the rich sweetness. The nose alone makes this a compelling drink, but the palate makes me believe this is not one to make old bones.
still some purple, fades a little at the rim SPice, plums, leather and liquorice on the nose Lovely ripe tannin, lots of primary fruit still Leather long, great balance, lots here Needs a long time. 5 years at least
Graham's Port tasting @ winery (Porto, Portugal): Although this is an amazing port, it still needs a lot more time. But since this was a tasting at the Graham cellars, it was not my bottle! Concentrated plums, spices, raisins. Rich and concentrated, elegant. Wonderful.
Served to us at the Pinhao, Portugal office and vineyards of Graham's (Dow Quinta do Bomfin) during our visit to the Douro Valley. Vintage port tasting consisting of the 2000 Graham's, 1994 Qunito do Vesuvius, and the 1985 Dow's.
The 2000 has the darkest red center and edge of the three ports in this flight. Plum jam nose with raspberry, vanilla and dry yeast. Very rich nose. Lovely. Palate of plum, red berries with touches of pepper, and cherries. Loads of chocolate too. Flavors are long and delicious.
Winery notes state: " The Graham's vintage 2000 displays many of the typical Graham's aromas of ripe plum and esteva (gum citrus) and is beautifully smooth on the palate despite its relative youth. This wine is full and rich in the mouth with fresh blackberry and red plum notes."
Wow- I should have bought more that 3 bottles. This is a great Porto. Balanced sweet dark fruits, spice and raisins. Going to be extremely hard to keep my hands off these. A strong recommendation to buy these.
Plenty of accurate descriptors already mentioned so I'll just add my stamp of approval and say "this is the real deal". Absolutely delicious, and it's going to be hard to keep any of these around in the cellar for the deserved length of time. Like liquid cherry-chocolate soufflé. 5+12+18+9=94
Tasted at the Graham port lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia as part of a horizontal and vertical tasting. Hot, inky, lots of fruit. Believe it or not, this wine could still use more time before opening -- although I enjoyed it now. My wife was more distracted by the tightness of youth.
Opened around 9/15 and done around 9/21. Nice complexity with up front notes of cigar and cedar, fresh and dried fruit. Great balance and a wonderful series of flavor shifts in the mouth. Long finish; satisfying. Held up for all the days it was open.... This one should be in your cellar if you like port.
+0h Herrlich dunkles Rot mit lila Einschlag. Kirschen,Brombeeren,Eucalyptus,tiefe Graham-Süsse,Rauch,Rosinen ,leicht rauchig,würzig,saftig,vollmundig,konzentriert. Langer dunkelfruchtiger Abgang. +4h recht alkoholisch +24h Alkohol hat sich gut eingefügt. Schokowelle die aus dem Glas strömt,Kirschen,rauchig,Brombeeren, Lakritze,Lebkuchenwürze,Süssholz leicht aetherisch. Herrliche Süsse,kompakt,fleischig,konzentriert. Geschliffene Tannine,rund,vollmundig. Langer,leicht prägender würziger Abgang. Hat wirklich grosse Zukunft,aber ist auch jetzt schon mit genügend Luft herrlich zu trinken.
From half-bottle. The very short cork (typical for Graham’s Vintage Ports) came out in one piece. I decanted the wine for eight hours before I drank about half of the bottle, poured the remaining wine back into the bottle after about ten hours and consumed it the second evening. The Port was dark ruby in colour, almost purple, and threw a comparatively small amount of sediment. It offered cherry, prune, truffles and cigarette smoke on the nose. On the palate the medium- to full-bodied Port showed prune, dark cherry, blueberry, blackberry, raisins, truffles, some anise, some tobacco and black tea, paired with medium-plus sweetness, medium- to medium-plus acidity, medium-plus to high tannin, a very rich mouthfeel and very good length. The wine was tightly wound upon opening and did not fully open-up with decanting. An opulent, dense, serious Vintage Port that will be long-lived. I liked it better on day two than on day one. It needs time; start drinking in 2019. 91 points for the time being, with potential to improve.
From half bottle. Incredible concentration and purity here. Extremely tightly wound up with smokey, firm black fruit cut through with some charcoal, menthol, orange peel. This has a calm, serene and lingering quality. Excellent.
mmm starts captivating sweet impression, although that wears off to mild-mod, and alcohol shows but not strong, but get buzz easy ;)... flavor ok overall ... mmm good like the fonseca, i like this one more, taste is more clean/smooth-focused, fonseca has more rough/tannin at the end
Tasted from 375ml....initially the nose was all alcohol but with air began to reveal more raisin and dark chocolate. The palate is medium-full bodied, with flavors of rum soaked raisin, a hint of sweetness and a spicy-spirit character. The fruit evolves with air but takes a back seat to the alcohol at this point...this is less sweet than I typically expect from Grahams (generally one of the sweeter styles from the port houses) and a bit underwhelming considering the hype surrounding this wine from the press.....it's tasty and could continue to evolve (maybe I caught it at a bad point in its evolution?) but not worthy of high praise based on what I'm tasting here tonight.....I have one half bottle left that I'll wait a little while longer to open, but it's tough to say what will happen.
--- COLOR: Black garnet with deep garnet rim NOTE: All I get is black pepper everywhere on day 1. Day 2: Nose is blackberry liqueur, ground black pepper, shoe polish. Mouth is thick, unctuous, full of blackberry liqueur, more black pepper. heat shows up on the sides of my tongue. Seems unevolved and probably needs another 10 years, but it's still enjoyable. It doesn't change after 5 days. My least-favorite vintage port to date, because of the dominant pepper notes. I don't mind things being tight and unevolved, but pepper just ruins it for me.
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Spain and Portugal Tasting (Casa Roberts): The youngest of the ports we had, this was very very young -- though not noticeably younger than the 94 Taylor. Let me preface my comment by saying that I love the sweet style of Graham's, so I am biased... but this was super. Plum, sweet candied berry, and loads and loads of fruit. This was brighter than the Taylor's. Long, long finish I didn't want to end. I had a glass the next afternoon and it was still phenomenal -- I just couldn't quit this wine! CT says I paid just over $50 for this -- at that price it is a steal.
Deep dark purple. Round and soft is what describes this wine best. Very concentrated and a load of fruit, beautiful wine, but with all the softness, which is nice by itself, it lacks some excitement to belong to the greatest port wines this vintage.
2004 WS Wine Experience: 2003 Top Ten: Rated #9. Represented on the dais by director, Rupert Symington. Porto is naturally one of the driest regions in the world without irrigation. Therefore, you have low yields and very concentrated fruit. The grapes are hybrids of original Roman vines and have thick skins. In fact, they still use the Roman method of foot-treading the grapes (although a patented robotic machine has been used since 1998). Only a tiny selection of grapes makes it to the VP bottling. Tremendous inky dark color. Full, rich plummy eucalyptus blueberry flavors. Well-extracted, but impeccably balanced. What a tremendous tightrope this wine walks! I am not a huge port fan, but I absolutely loved this wine. One of the best of the weekend. $80