Graham’s Vintage Port 1997

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IMG_3536I like how the portuguese ‘declare’ vintage years in the Douro valley for port. Not only does it guarantee a certain level of quality when you buy the ‘vintage’ labeled wines, but it also gives the wineries the opportunity to use declassified fruit in their ‘lower end’ blends in non-vintage years.

This, however, is a full blown vintage port from the excellent 1997 harvest. Unlike the 1980 Smith Woodhouse port I had a week or so before this, the Graham’s port is a big fruit ballbuster of a wine. The nose was big and chocolatey with blue and black fruits rushing over each other to dominate the aromas. The palate was quite caramel centric, and had wonderful full blueberry and blackberry with fantastic acid to balance the sweetness. I also got some cedar wood as the wine opened with air. In your face tasty, but not quite as elegant or complex as the Smith Woodhouse.

Very Good+
$60 / 375ml at BCLDB

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