W&J GRAHAM

Founded in 1820 by W&J Graham in Portugal’s Douro valley, Graham’s has developed over time an unmatched reputation as one of the greatest names in Port. The Superb performance of Graham’s Ports relies on the choice of the finest quality grapes, coming primarily from five Quintas, amongst the best in the upper Douro valley: Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta das Lages (in the Rio Torto) and two others, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas, privately owned by a member of the Symington family.

These Quintas, sitting in the heart of the upper Douro valley, enjoy an ideal combination of a hot & dry micro-climate, coupled with a unique schist soil that provide the best conditions for growing and optimal ripening.

VINTAGE

2000

COLOUR

Red

REGION

Portugal.

PACKAGING

Graham’s.

PAYMENT METHOD

Bank transfer or by credit/debit card.

SHIPPING

Over 40 countries worldwide by bespoke quotation.

TASTING REVIEWS & SCORES

Jancis Robinson, October 2016, 17.5 Points

Very tiny crop. Just 650 g per vine on average (they usually harvest 850 g per vine from Malvedos – their lowest yielding, most consistently cropping quinta). 
Intense and liqueur-like on the nose. Very strong minty note. Dry finish with some tannins still evident. Very pure and clean.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate May 2009, 93+ Points

This seems to have more volatility on the nose than the other 2000s although it is not distracting from the ripe toasty black fruit infused with liquorices and creme de menthe. The palate is full-bodied with exceptionally smooth tannins, very refined and harmonious. A sensuous Grahams with black cherry, black olive, fruitcake, California raisin and damson towards the finish. Primal of course, but great potential. Drink 2012-2040. Tasted May 2009.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate October 2002, 94 Points

Grapy, unformed, black raspberry liqueur and licorice-infused cassis notes leap from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. Sweet, plush, rich, and accessible, it is a forward, lush, concentrated effort that should drink well for two decades. While not one of Graham’s most profound ports, it should evolve rapidly, providing immense crowd appeal.

Jancis Robinson Scoring:

20 – Truly exceptional
19 – A humdinger
18 – A cut above superior
17 – Superior
16 – Distinguished
15 – Average, a perfectly nice drink with no faults but not much excitement
14 – Deadly dull
13 – Borderline faulty or unbalanced
12 – Faulty or unbalanced

Robert Parker Scoring:

96-100 Extraordinary
90-95 Outstanding
80-89 Above Average to Excellent
70-79 Average
60-69 Below Average
<59 Appalling