Graham’s Vintage Port 1983
Soon I will be off to Portugal for a sponsored press trip exploring Porto and the Douro Valley. Portugal is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world right now, so the trip should prove to be quite exciting. In anticipation of the trip, I opened a bottle from one of my favourite port producers, Graham’s.
Graham’s is now part of the Symington Family group of port houses, and was founded in 1820 by the Graham brothers from Britain who owned a textile manufacturing firm in Porto. The style is fruit-forward and rich. A blend of fruit from five single quintas, Graham’s manages to consistently produce some of the most immediately pleasurable and voluptuous ports available. I won’t go into detail about the history and methodology of port here as I imagine I will learn much while in Portugal. Like all vintage ports, age is necessary and the 1983 is sitting in a perfect place right now.
This is wonderful wine that is expressive of all that makes port great but is soft and plush on the palate due to the 30 years of bottle age. Black currant, chocolate, spices, and seamless integration make this amongst the best 1983’s I have tasted.
$150 at Kits Wine