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2003 Graham's

ITEM 8093852 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
dumct $60 $60
greatcal… $60 $0
hiper $56 $0
$55
Item Sold Amount Date
I8093852 1 $60 Jan 23, 2022
I8060739 1 $55 Jan 9, 2022
I8052648 1 $55 Jan 2, 2022
I8017544 1 $57 Dec 5, 2021
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RATINGS

96Wine Enthusiast

This is a great Port, from a great brand. It is packed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavors. Its tannins show considerable aging potential. It is a big, ripe wine, balanced by a long, lingering dark aftertaste.

95The Wine Advocate

Violets, roses, spices, and candied dark fruits emanate from the glass...soft layers of oily, candied red fruits as well as notes of tar and hints of mocha.

95Stephen Tanzer

..huge & rich in fruit, with wonderfully lush, complex flavors of cassis, violet, minerals, spices, flowers & exotic chocolate. The tannins are seductively sweet,yet the finish boasts terrific focus, not to mention outstanding persistence..

94Wine Spectator

Loads of tar and blackberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with medium sweetness, big, velvety tannins and a long finish. A big, juicy wine.

18.5Jancis Robinson

...Round and sumptuous with the most massive charge of ripe fruit..

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.

VINTAGE