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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Graham's Vintage Port (half-bottle) 2003
Graham's Vintage Port (half-bottle) 2003
(search item no. 85500)
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1977 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1977 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1970 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1970 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1963 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1963 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Violets, roses, spices, and candied dark fruits emanate from the glass of the murky black/purple colored 2003 Graham Vintage Port. After four days of air, this wine's aromatics sweetened further, displaying jammy blackberry and blueberry scents. Bold, full-bodied, and expansive, the Graham benefited the most from extensive contact with air of all the 2003s tasted for this report. This opulently jammy wine assaults the palate with powerful yet soft layers of oily, candied red fruits as well as notes of tar and hints of mocha. A highly concentrated effort, it is creamy textured, suave, and reveals an admirably long finish filled with additional layers of dark fruits intermingled with spices. Projected maturity: 2030-2055.
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About Graham's:

The firm of W & J Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham, who were then managing the company office in Oporto, accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt.This Port was shipped to the parent company in Glasgow which initially reprimanded the brothers for not sending cash. Fortunately however, after it was sold the Port turned out to be very popular and soon William and John were being urged by their parent company to acquire and ship more of this finest of fortified wines. Within the next few years Graham's reputation grew as a shipper of fine Port, first to Scotland and gradually all over the Port-drinking world. In 1882 Andrew James Symington, a young Scot whose family was well known to the Grahams, took up a position with Graham's in Oporto. The firm of W & J Graham was acquired by the Symington family, his descendants, in 1970. Today James Symington, grandson of Andrew James, and other members of the family draw on their century of experience in the Port trade to ensure that the quality and reputation of Graham's is maintained.