GRAHAM

1985

IN STOCK
Origin Portugal, Port
District Vintage Port
ABV 25%

The sweetness of the fruits gives a fleshy richness on the nose and a velvety lushness to the start of the palate. The mix of bramble and black cherry is underpinned by some fresher red fruits spiced up by eucalyptus and cinnamon but towards the back the powerful ripe fruits reappear fleshing out the long finish. 2009-26 Rating: 94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

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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. Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports. Yes, it is made in a sweeter style than the other ports, but it is a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. It is forward, as are all 1985s, and I would speculate that this port will be approaching maturity by 1992-93 and will keep 15-20 years thereafter. Rating: 96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2013)

Dark color, with intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with superrefined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This is really excellent. Always has been. Rating: 96 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Sep 2011)

Very deeply coloured. Black core. Rich dark damsons, touch of smoky baked dark fruit and meatiness. Still a touch of violets. Very dark savoury fruit, like dark toffee but with a strong pepper on the palate. Dense but powder-fine tannins and they lighten beautifully on the finish. Lovely dry finish and paper soft after all that depth and dark ripe fruit. 2019-2030 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2011)

Graham

Part of the Symington port 'empire'. Founded by Scotsman Andrew James Symington who arrived in Oporto in 1882 and initially joined Graham's.

The Symington family own other big names in the port industry such as Warre & Co, Dow's, and Cockburn's to name but a few, and are the largest vineyard ownership group in the Douro.

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