Raisins, wet dog, wet wool, some red fruitiness, plums, acetone and cardboard. Full bodied. The palate is rather pleasant with pretty good balance between sweetness and acidity and notes of dried fruits.
Bright plum colored. Nose shows elements of roasted fig, plum cake, raisins and smoke with some anise cookies, coconut, vanilla and loamy and rocky elements thrown in. Full with dusty tannins but seems approachable. Plum cake, sweet cocoa and red licorice, creamy vanilla and mocha notes. Not as dark or dense as a vintage Port but still some nice rocky and mineral elements. Finishes with underlying notes of anise, pepper and spice. Seems ready to drink now and very approachable but still well-structured.
Muted nose and telltale signs of TCA on the palate. But it is port after all, so I did the Saran Wrap trick and it was drinkable but mediocre at best. First time I've come across a corked fortified wine. The irony is this has a standard stopper like a liquor bottle so I doubt that was the source.
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(NV Graham Porto Six Grapes Reserve) Very dark ruby color; VA, appealing, aromatic, dried clove, baked berry, baked cherry, caramel, black cherry nose; tasty, luscious, baked cherry, black cherry, black cherry syrup palate; long finish (19.5% alcohol)
(NV Graham Porto Six Grapes Reserve) The reputation of Six Grapes is derived from Graham’s positioning of it as the producer’s most prestigious brand after its Vintage Ports. Because most Port houses tend to place greater emphasis on their LBV bottlings than their Reserve Rubies, the lots selected for Six Grapes are of a higher caliber than for the majority of its rivals. Deep purple and fully opaque. Violets, mocha, and pure grape essence emerge on the nose. It’s a powerful, chewy, dense, well-structured Port, crammed with ripe plum and super-sweet, brambly boysenberry fruit and a gentle touch of chocolate on the finish. A personal favorite of mine within this category, it’s not only delicious, but immediately approachable and a superb value. Fit to Be Fortified
(NV Graham's 'Six Grapes' Port) Current release. Purchased Autumn 2000. A good, deep, glossy hue. A powerful and impressive nose, which is packed with toasty black fruits with a brief waft of spirity alcohol. Full of texture and character on the palate, with ripe tannins, balanced power, and well integrated alcohol. In recent years this has always been one of my favourite ruby style Ports.
(NV Graham's 'Six Grapes' Port) Current release. Deep red-black colour. Toasty black fruit nose, leading to a rich black fruit palate with savoury, slightly bitter undertones. Plenty of alcohol and good acidity, keeping it fresh. Spirity finish with good length. Attractive wine.
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