Graham’s Vintage Porto
1997 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
95 pts.Wine Spectator: Web only – 2008
Plum and blackberry on the nose, with hints of dried violets. Wet earth. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, very chewy and rich. Long and caressing. Still very tight. Give it time. Very layered and structured. Much better than I remember. Impressive. ’77/’85/’97 blind Port retrospective. Best after 2010.
93 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: January, 2000
Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage port’s moderately intense bouquet. It is not one of the great Graham’s ports, and is less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2004–2025.
93 pts.Wine Enthusiast:
Stylistically, Graham’s tends to have wonderful, ripe, almost Californian extravagance. The 1997 has grapey, jammy flavors, with a touch of earthiness and leather. Rich and built to last, there is a fair amount of structure here.
90 pts.Wine Spectator: February 29, 2000
Lovely claret-like aromas of plums, cherries and spices. Full- to medium-bodied, with a solid core of silky tannins and a long, medium-sweet finish. Very refined. A solid Graham. Best after 2007.
90 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/Jun 2000
Deep, saturated ruby. Subtle, complex, lively aromas of blackberry, flowers, licorice, spices and mint. Rich supple and concentrated, if not as supersweet or densely structured as some outstanding recent vintages of Graham. But this nicely balanced port boasts lovely mouthwatering vinosity and enough backbone for medium-term aging. Finishes spicy and very long, with strong black fruit flavors. An easygoing style of Graham.
90 pts.Wine & Spirits: April 1, 2000
A bright and relatively light vintage of Graham, this emphasizes charm and accessibility over density and power. Red fruit flavors fill out the mid-palate, then a chocolately richness of tannin structures the finish with invisible ease. Grip is not immediately apparent, though there’s a stony hardness under all the supple, balanced fruit. The finish tastes of raspberries pressed into chocolate, comforting and ready to drink right now. A Vintage Port without pain.