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1920 Vintage Ports

June 19, 2012
Question by: Jeff, Floral Park, USA

Q:

Did Graham's declare a 1920 Vintage Port?  I understand that both Taylor and Fonseca did, however I find no mention of any of a declaration from either Dow's or Graham's.

A:

Hi Jeff, According to our records, Dow's, Gould Campbell, Graham's, Smith Woodhouse and Warre's all declared. 

The IVDP records 1920 as "An excellent Vintage, very elegant, balanced, fruity. The first Vintage after the Great War. Almost all companies declared production. A spring with bad weather. A very cold, rainy and thundery April, with an outbreak of mildew in June. Late harvest, in early October, after a warm summer. Scarce novelty."

Michael Broadbent (in his book Vintage Wine) rates the 1920 Vintage overall as Four Stars and states that 23 shippers declared.  He cites a "small production but high quality, good, ripe, fairly robust wines."  Broadbent went on to give four stars to Graham's, based on four tastings up to 1980. 



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