NV Graham 10YO Tawny

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NV Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by JacobH » 23:23 Thu 20 May 2010

A dark amber in colour. I didn’t get much of a chance to assess its nose. In the mouth, a little acidity, followed by some gentle fruit. The aftertaste started slightly bitter but then faded into a quite long-lasting rose. There was little in the way of tawny secondary flavours (particularly of caramel) which I might expect from a ten-year-old, although the primary fruits had faded. Nice, but not a match for some of the other 10-year-olds on the market.
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Re: N/V Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by JacobH » 23:28 Thu 20 May 2010

I had though that this was the first time I’d written a note about this wine, although I have drunk a couple of times before. However, looking through my notes, I notice that at some unidentifiable point in the past I said:
A solid tawny, but perhaps not as interesting as some of the other options.
I still agree with this.
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Re: N/V Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by Mark D » 18:36 Fri 21 May 2010

Hmn...I think Graham's 10 yr is actually one of the best aged 10 yrs out there. I prefer it over Dow for sure. Taylor's comes close.

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Re: N/V Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by JacobH » 20:40 Fri 21 May 2010

Mark D wrote:Hmn...I think Graham's 10 yr is actually one of the best aged 10 yrs out there. I prefer it over Dow for sure. Taylor's comes close.
I probably should have started my tasting note with a disclaimer that as someone from the UK, I don’t really have a palate for tawny Ports...
That said, though I haven’t tried the Dow, I agree the Taylor is quite similar (albeit that it’s a couple of years since I’ve drunk it, so I might be misremembering). Of the other 10-year-olds I’ve tried, I would put the Ramos Pinto Qunita De Ervamoira and the Gould Campbell in a league above (to adopt Richard Mayson’s analogy), and the Niepoort in a class above either of those.
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Re: N/V Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by angeleyes » 23:33 Fri 21 May 2010

Just to add my two penn'orth, I rather prefer the tawny styles, though 10 year olds (and their Colheita equivalents) are, to me, better as a chilled aperitif. Double the age and it's a far superior drink; sadly the price doubles too :(
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Re: N/V Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by Glenn E. » 04:34 Sat 22 May 2010

JacobH wrote:Of the other 10-year-olds I’ve tried, I would put the Ramos Pinto Qunita De Ervamoira and the Gould Campbell in a league above (to adopt Richard Mayson’s analogy), and the Niepoort in a class above either of those.
I agree with that, and I'm not someone from the UK and I do have a palate for Tawny Ports. :wink:

I also agree with angeleyes, though, that tawnies don't really come into their own until the 20-year old style. My preference for Colheitas is closer to 30 years old.
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Re: N/V Graham 10 Year Old Tawny

Post by JacobH » 17:14 Tue 25 May 2010

angeleyes wrote:Just to add my two penn'orth, I rather prefer the tawny styles, though 10 year olds (and their Colheita equivalents) are, to me, better as a chilled aperitif. Double the age and it's a far superior drink; sadly the price doubles too :(
I was in two minds as to whether to stick an ice-cube into this to cool it down. I think, on reflection, I probably should have done!

At least the temperature here has cooled enough for us to revert to drinking real Port again :wink:
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