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Community Tasting Notes (106) Avg Score: 94 points

  • Drank at Davy's
    Nose of dark fruit, spice and tea. Smooth integrated palate with a beautiful finish. Lovely.

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  • A 60th Birthday Dinner (Nopa, San Francisco): Decanted 4 hours prior. Light ruby throughout-very robust look for 45 year old Port. Poised, plummy, gently spicy, beautifully balanced and woven together, not too sweet, excellent acidity, still some residual tannin. Outstanding showing with another 10-15 years in hand and should become even more alluring.

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  • Clear ruby with almost sparkling gemstone like polish. Lots of polished ripe black maraschino cherries brandied in apricot liquer. Cough drops sweetishness with spiced Christmas pudding like nuance. cherry licourice chocolate and coffee toffee.

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  • Birthday dinner for Alex, William and Gina 2014 (Cove99, Peck Seah Street, Singapore): Very youthful and yummy. I double decanted this a day before, and then poured it back out into a decanter three hours before serving. It needed the air time too. There was a whiff of alcohol on both nose and palate on the first day, but this dissipated by the time we drank it proper. I was stunned by how youthful the wine was. The nose was fresh and lively, almost like a fortified Vosne Romanee, with red fruited aromas of raspberries and cherries flecked with Pinot shades of earth and bramble and lifted wood spice. Only a sweeter quince paste note in there marked it as something more Port-like. The palate shared that same vibrant freshness, with a lovely spine of fresh acidity running through pure notes of sweet cherries and raspberries infused with more of that gentle brambly spice and mineral and a twist of black tea and peppermint. The wine had the characteristic Graham's richness to it, but it was also markedly elegant, with gentle tannins and finely filigreed acidity lending a lightness and clarity to the sweet fruit. A nice long finish rounded it off, showing a little hint of raisins amidst a lovely mouthful of spice and bittersweet bramble. Over time, more traditional old Port notes of Middle-Eastern dates and figs and a whiff smoky cuban cigar started drifting out. It all adding up into an intoxicating melange, yet one that somehow always retained its purity and grace. Very nice indeed, yet given its vibrancy and youthfulness, I would not bet against this being even better in 10, even 20 years' time.

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  • Pulled the cork (not great shape, just pretty good) and left to breathe for 4 hours in the bottle. This was one of the best port experiences I've had in a while -- beautifully integrated, just the right balance of youthful dark fruit, acidity and secondary notes, with a lush texture. I agree with other notes that at least this bottle didn't show its age at all and seemed like a much younger wine.

    Paired with assorted chocolates and stilton cheese. Left a half glass out overnight and it was still wonderful but had clearly transitioned (perhaps I could say "faded" but it was really more like it just started showing its age) to a more traditional 'older port' look, smell and taste.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (Graham Porto Vintage) Bricked medium ruby red color with pale meniscus; ginger cake, dried cherry, fruit cake nose; tasty, fruit cake, chocolate, fig palate; long finish 94+ pts. (decanted for nearly 4 hours)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2005, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Graham's Vintage Port) A delightfully maturing mahogany hue. Roasted raspberry fruit on the nose, even a little blueberry can be coaxed out, but there are rich complexities that mark this out as mature Graham's; notes of tobacco, freshly rolled cigars, with caramel and chocolate seduction. On the palate it offers a full, sweet, creamy attack, maintaining a lovely broad, expansive texture through the midpalate. Beautifully poised, through to the finish which is lengthy. Still developing, although great now and immensely impressive for 35 years of age, but should see out another ten or twenty years with ease.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/22/2005, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Graham Porto Vintage) Tawny, mahogany nose; nice, mellow palate, though not fully mature yet, oak notes; medium finish 92+ pts.

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