Goedhuis, May 2013
Graham’s is often considered the "jewel in the crown" amongst the great port houses owned by the Symington family. The cornerstone of a Graham’s vintage port comes from the famous Quinta dos Malvedos, one of the great landmarks for anybody sailing up the Douro river valley. In addition grapes provided by four other quintas help to produce one of the most rounded and classic examples of vintage port in the region. Graham’s is renowned for its longevity and the extraordinary 1948 remains one of the great port legends of today. A sensational 2011 full of perfumed fruit flavours, with its delicious mix of plum fruits and violets. A wine of tremendous balance with great richness and concentration and subtle spiced black fruit flavours. An absolute beauty with all the hedonistic breadth of fruit for which this great house is so famous. Very long and rewarding on the finish, this has huge class.
Neal Martin, Jun 2013,
The 2011 Graham’s comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousao and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more “serious” bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of “The Stone Terraces” vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Graham’s. 5,000 cases declared. 95-97/100
Jancis Robinson, May 2013,
Meaty and concentrated. Really covers the palate - full width. Seems drier than most of the components on the finish but thoroughly exciting and complete. Spicy and noble. Minerally finish. Drink 2025-2060
The history of W J Graham's spans three centuries and throughout that time this acclaimed Portproducer has remained an independent family business. The story of Graham's is the story of twofamilies, both of Scottish origin - the Grahams and the Symingtons - whose commitment to the making of memorable wines has earned for Graham's a reputation as a leader in the production ofoutstanding Vintage Ports.In 1890 Graham's became one of the first Port companies to invest in Upper Douro vineyards with theacquisition of the famous property; Quinta dos Malvedos. Since then, Malvedos has been recognized as one of the Douro Valley's finest ‘river Quintas,' and the quality of the wines from the vineyardcontinues to be fundamental to Graham's reputation as a leading producer of quite exceptionalVintage Port.In 1970 the Grahams sold the company to the Symingtons who brought with them their own rich heritage in the Port trade and who continue to develop the reputation of this historic company and its wines.