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1997 Graham's

Light label condition issue

ITEM 7975699 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
$60
Item Sold Amount Date
I7999881 1 $60 Nov 14, 2021
I7991871 1 $55 Nov 7, 2021
I7940351 1 $50 Sep 5, 2021
I7936052 1 $50 Aug 29, 2021
I7934448 1 $50 Aug 29, 2021
I7926887 1 $45 Aug 22, 2021
I7913879 2 $45 Aug 8, 2021
I7893552 4 $55 Jul 18, 2021
I7880255 2 $55 Jul 4, 2021
I7865616 1 $55 Jun 20, 2021
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RATINGS

93Robert M. Parker Jr.

Blackberries, licorice, and melted asphalt stand out in this full-bodied, beautifully made vintage port's moderately intense bouquet... less sweet than normal, but it is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and impressive.

18.5Jancis Robinson

... Intriguing, complex liquorice density on the nose, and massive sweetness and tannins. Vibrant.

90Wine Spectator

Lovely claretlike aromas of plums, cherries and spices. Full- to medium-bodied, with a solid core of silky tannins and a long, medium-sweet finish. Very refined. A solid Graham.

90Stephen Tanzer

...nicely balanced port boasts lovely mouthwatering vinosity and enough backbone for medium-term aging...

PRODUCER

Graham's

Graham’s was founded in Oporto, Portugal, in 1820 when the Scottish brothers William and John Graham formed W&J Graham & Co. in order to produce Port. The family expanded its holdings in the upper Douro Valley of Portugal throughout the 19th century. In 1970 the company was sold to the Symington family, who are also descended from Scottish businessmen and Port producers who have been shipping Port since the 17th century. Graham’s Ports typically win numerous awards. From 1993 to 2008 Graham’s Ports won 27 Gold Medals at the International Wine Challenge, a prestigious blind tasting held annually in London. The house makes a full complement of Ports, from Vintage to Aged Tawny, and Malvedos Vintage.

REGION

Portugal

Portugal is best known for its two legendary fortified wines, Port and Madeira, but it also produces significant amounts of red and white table wine. In most years it ranks around the 10th or 11th largest wine producer in the world. In 2013, for instance, Portugal was the 11th largest producer just after Germany. Wine has always been produced in Portugal and in fact the country was the first to organize an appellation system, which it did in 1756, nearly 200 years before the French set up their appellations. The highest quality wines are labeled D.O.C. for Denominaçào de Origem Controlada. Many of the most innovative winemakers today, however, are avoiding the appellation system, which they deem too stifling for modern winemaking practices. The Douro Valley is the nation’s most important wine producing region, and it is the capital of Port production. The Portuguese island of Madeira, located 400 miles west of Morocco, is the nation’s other famous wine region, having produced Madeira for export for more than 400 years. Many red and white wine grapes grow in Portugal, though the best known is Touriga Nacional, the red grape used for Port and, increasingly, high quality table wines. Touriga Nacional produces dark, tannic, fruity wines.

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