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Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 21%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,05
Still deep for its age, rich, classic nose, extra dark chocolate, very sweet in the Graham style with dark chocolate concentration of flavour, lovely grip, broad tannins and a rich broad finish. Outstanding wine for the long term. Drink with pleasure for the next thirty years or more!
This was the first Vintage Port produced as the Symingtons purchased the firm from the Graham’s brothers in 1970. James Symington (Rupert’s father) actually made this very first vintage under the new ownership. I’ve always been a huge fan of this particular Graham’s and it is up there with other exalted Ports like Nacional, Fonseca & Taylor which is rarified territory in this brilliant vintage. This particular bottle was exemplary, a really fine showing; with an amazingly youthful appearance and a hedonistic, silky mouthfeel of great length.
Beautiful dark amber colour, still remarkably youthful. Beautiful lifted floral aromas on the nose, hints of mint and spice, a slight smokiness. On the palate, still extremely rich and structured, still a vibrancy of tannins, flavours of lovely soft leather, still some plummy black fruit flavours. Absolutely delicious.
Known for its abundant rich and ripe berry flavours, good medium tannins and long finish, Graham's is one of the finest wines of the year, showing all the very best characteristics of this rich Vintage. Excellent deep red garnet colour at the heart of the glass. On the nose a rich intensity of caramelised fruit and coffee. On the palate this wine is in perfect harmony, round, soft yet with 'grip'. There is great length on the palate.
Very deep crimson with some evolution at the rim. Strongly scented - sweet, candied violets. Very sweet yet vigorous and still with lots of quite grainy tannins. Real power and no shortage of potential! Drink now - 2016.
A superb bottle at a dinner party at home, May 2001. More recently: soft tawny-red, gloriously fragrant and flowery. Complete, excellent.
Score: 5 Stars
Peppery violets on the nose. Strong, powerful and alcoholic but such sweetness and drive. Damsons finish. Huge wine which always shows beautifully at every outing.
Fulllish colour, just about mature. Full, firm nose. Still undeveloped. Still a bit closed. The complete wine. Fullish, just about ready. Real depth. Excellent depth. Excellent complex fruit. Delicious.
The 1970 is a monumental vintage port and one of the greats of the vintage. It begs to be drunk now, although it will last for at least another two decades.
Originally (July 1972) opaque, still deep, plummy and fairly intense, showing rich extract. Fragrant, high-toned yet harmonious bouquet though still a bit hard. Very sweet, full-bodied, lots of fruit, grip, length, tannin and acidity. Chocolate and spice.
Score: 5 Stars
To learn more about Graham's here on The Vintage Port Site, read a concise Profile of the Graham's Brand, and detailed viticultural profiles of four of the key Graham's properties: Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta das Lages and Quinta da Vila Velha. If you would like to learn even more about Graham's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Graham's website. Finally, if you will be in Porto, be sure to visit us at the Graham's Lodge across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia for a tour and tasting.