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Graham's 2000

Release Notes

This Vintage Port 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.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,58
Baumé: 3,8

Tasting Notes

Symington Family Tasting Room critic

Symington Family Estates source
2014 tasting note year

Graham’s 2000 Vintage displays a deep ruby colour. On the nose it is packed with aromas of dark fruits such as plums and blackberries. On the palate it has the typical Graham richness and concentration, full-bodied, with great length and intensity on the finish. Approachable now but is still 4 to 5 years from its prime, after which it will age superbly for decades.


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2012 tasting note year

Chocolate minty nose with blackberry and dog rose notes.  Gum cistus herbal palate with real length and flavour - structured for the long haul.

Score: Silver Medal 2012


Decanter World Wine Awards (competition) source
2012 tasting note year

Rated 4 Stars. 

Score: Silver Medal 2012

Roy Hersh critic source
2011 tasting note year

Aromatically this was a bit reticent, but some coaxing allowed the red fruit notes to emerge. Medium weight and seemingly more vinous than either the 2003 or 2007. Smoky and spicy black cherry, cocoa and eucalyptus flavors melded beautifully. The 2000 is still very tannic and will support long term cellaring, improving for many years and showing more grip than either previous Port. Drink now or cellar through the middle decades of the century. A gorgeous young Vintage Port, it deserved more hours in decanter and it would have performed even better. But why quibble about a great Graham’s like this?

Score: 94+/100

Richard Mayson critic source
2010 tasting note year

Deep, youthful opaque colour; lovely perfume and surprisingly open, very pure fruit; opulent, dense, very powerful, forceful tannins, big, ripe and very fine and rich. Keep at least ten years. The first Graham vintage to be made partially (36%) in robotic lagares.

Score: 18+?/20

Bruce Sanderson critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2004 tasting note year

Wine Spectator's 2003 Top 100: Graham's Vintage Port 2000 ranked 9th in this elite list of the world's best wines.


Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2003 tasting note year

The Graham is simply stunning… the top Port of the Vintage.

James Suckling critic

Wine Spectator (magazine) source
2003 tasting note year

Graham is a shining example of an established Port house pushing the boat out to make even better wines through better viticulture and wine-making methodology. This is the greatest young Vintage Port from Graham I have ever tasted, and perhaps it will be better in the long term than the legendary 1948. It smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit and then turns full-bodied, medium-sweet and very powerful in the mouth with big velvety tannins. It lasts for minutes on your palate. There's great balance and class to this young Vintage port. Best after 2014.

Score: 98/100

Clive Coates MW critic

The Vine (magazine) source
2002 tasting note year

Very good colour. Splendid nose. Real quality here. Concentrated and fruity. Elegant and complex. Lots of dimension. Full, very fine tannins. Excellent depth of fruit. Lots of grip. This has even more to it than the Fonseca. Excellent. From 2020.

Score: 18.5/20

Michael Broadbent MW critic

Vintage Wine (book, Broadbent, 2002) source
2002 tasting note year

Velvety intensity. Remarkably sweet as always, floral scents, glorious flavour, richness masking tannin. Great wine.

Score: 5 Stars

Robert Parker critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
2002 tasting note year

Grapy, unformed, black raspberry liqueur and licorice-infused cassis notes leap from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine.  Sweet, plush, rich, and accessible, it is a forward, lush, concentrated effort that should drink well for two decades.  While not one of Graham's most profound ports, it should evolve rapidly, providing immense crowd appeal.  Drink: 2002-2022

Score: 94/100

More about Graham's

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.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2011
  2. 2007
  3. 2003
  4. 1997
  5. 1994
  6. 1991
  7. 1985
  8. 1983
  9. 1980
  10. 1977
  11. 1975
  12. 1970
  13. 1966
  14. 1963
  15. 1960
  16. 1955
  17. 1948
  18. 1945
  19. 1942
  20. 1935
  21. 1927
  22. 1924
  23. 1920
  24. 1917
  25. 1912
  26. 1908
  27. 1904
  28. 1901
  29. 1897
  30. 1896
  31. 1894
  32. 1892
  33. 1890

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