2015 Graham Stone Terraces

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AHB
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2015 Graham Stone Terraces

Post by AHB » 22:42 Mon 22 May 2017

400 cases. Deep red with a plum-purple rim; opaque. An incredibly concentrated nose that is full of sour cherry and blackcurrant; very impressive. Power and a huge level of acidity balances the deep and powerful fruit on the palate with multiple nuances and subtle layers coming through. There are so many layers and twists to the flavours on the palate. The complexity also comes through on the aftertaste with so many floral tones. This is perfectly balanced with restrained power and perfect elegance. The length of the finish is measured in minutes. This is an astonishing wine, the best young vintage port I have tasted since I started tasting newly bottled vintage port with the 1994 vintage. 98-100/100.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Re: 2015 Graham Stone Terraces

Post by g-man » 20:23 Tue 30 May 2017

Hey AHB,

did you taste the cask samples or a production bottle?

They had a tasting 3 weeks ago and I found the grahams much lighter on its feet than your notes indicated.
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Re: 2015 Graham Stone Terraces

Post by AHB » 14:25 Wed 31 May 2017

I tasted a production bottle. Charles commented that all the Stone Terraces had been bottled about 3 weeks before the tasting and that he was pleased with the way it had recovered from its bottle-shock (my words, not his). I didn't find it a big, powerful port but incredibly complex.
Top Port in 2017 (so far): Graham Stone Terraces 2015 and Quinta do Vesuvio 1994
2016 Port of the year: Cockburn 1908

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Re: 2015 Graham Stone Terraces

Post by g-man » 15:04 Wed 31 May 2017

AHB wrote:
14:25 Wed 31 May 2017
I tasted a production bottle. Charles commented that all the Stone Terraces had been bottled about 3 weeks before the tasting and that he was pleased with the way it had recovered from its bottle-shock (my words, not his). I didn't find it a big, powerful port but incredibly complex.
ah!

thanks for the info!!

based on the tasting 3 weeks ago I would have had the Vesuvio as the better wine offering the same complexity but an added power and depth!
Disclosure: Distributor of Quevedo wines and Quinta do Gomariz

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