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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Graham's Vintage Port 2000
Graham's Vintage Port 2000
(search item no. 53899)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $80.99

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
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator 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:

It is with great pleasure that Graham's announces the declaration of the 2000 Vintage, a wine that has been deemed to meet our very exacting standards, and one that shows every promise of living up to the reputation of the very best Vintage ports that the Twentieth Century provided.

This is a landmark wine for Graham's, not only being the first Vintage of a new millennium, but being the first Vintage wine to enjoy the extraordinary results achieved by the new robotic 'lagares' at Malvedos in the inaugural year of our remodelled winery. Significant also has been the decision to include a rather larger proportion of mature Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional from Vila Velha, a classic riverside Quinta a short distance downstream from Malvedos, and some spectacular old vine lots from Vale de Malhadas in the Upper Douro. These wines each from family-owned Quintas have been used to reinforce the predominant component from Malvedos and the traditional excellence of the Rio Torto lots from Lages, to produce a rounded and even blend in the hallmark rich Graham style.

Picking began at Malvedos on September 22nd and the last lagar was run off on October 10th, an unusually short and compact Vintage. Fruit arrived in good condition although yields were less than three quarters of a kilogram per vine, and the juice to skin ratio well below normal. 2000 was a year noted for a very low average yield across the Douro, and with the grapes unusually lacking in liquid, the extra amount of treading work required made it an ideal time to employ our new, tireless, mechanical treaders alongside the two original 1890 stone lagares still worked by human feet. It was evident early on in the Vintage from the colour and aroma of the fermenting musts that we were looking at a spectacular year, and after the usual waiting period of sixteen months or so to see how the lots would develop, we have now made our final selection and assembled the final blend.

The blend displays many of the typical Graham aromas of ripe plum and 'esteva' (gum cistus) and is pleasantly smooth on the palate despite its youth. It is full and rich in the mouth with fresh blackberry and red plum notes. Despite the hallmark Graham sweetness in the mouth the finish is long and clean.

As with all Graham Vintages, this is a wine made to last for years and the patience of laying down the wine for fifteen to twenty years will certainly be rewarded.

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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.