- Fonseca 1966
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Tasted as part of a vertical of 24 Graham's and Graham's Malvedos vintages at The RAF Club
, Piccadilly, London, on 22nd March 2010.
*Please note that the 2008 Cask Sample was donated to this tasting by the Symington family before the final blend was complete so this may not accurately represent what the 2008 Graham's or Graham's Malvedos will be, should either of these be approved and declared later in 2010.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn
- Cockburn 1900
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Alas I was unable to take a tasting note of this port.
- Fonseca 1963
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Deeply coloured, dark but transparent centre. Nose was a little reluctant with heat being the main feature for the first hour or two in the glass but with time it opened to reveal a very attractive rich and spicy mélange of Dundee fruitcake. Huge flavour profile in the mouth, massive and complex. Thick texture and flavours. Enormously chewy aftertaste that fills the cheeks and dominates the palate with chocolate tannins showing late on. Very impressive and still years from it's peak. 94/199.
- Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Notably darker than the older wines in this tasting. On the palate, simply incredible complexity with a good amount of fruit to balance out its sweetness and maturity. Absolutely excellent.
- Dow 1980
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1966 Graham’s Vintage Port:
A very dark ruby with just a touch of pink at the edge. Still very youthful and fruit driven on the nose with some unmistakable amounts of chocolate also showing through. I couldn’t help but immediately notice how full bodied this was. Plenty of fruit, tannins, acidity, and structure to keep this going for at least several more decades. Even the finish was still very tannic with that signature dollop of cigar box (tobacco) showing up late. This also was quite sweet and considering it has a Bauméof 4.0 no wonder. It’s interesting to note Paul said 1966 wasn’t held in super high regard early on and this was originally considered a ‟Peasant vintage” in Portugal. All I got to say is the ‟peasants” sure must have drunk well when this was released. 96 Points