1945 Graham

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benread
Martinez 1985
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Re: 1945 Graham

Post by benread » 00:40 Sat 20 Aug 2011

WOTN!
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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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Re: 1945 Graham

Post by AHB » 12:10 Tue 23 Aug 2011

The weakest of a case of 12 bottles which had been stored in a Yorkshire country house cellar for many years. Deep red, 90% opaque. Muted nose while chilled, but opened very attractively with time in the glass. Sweet and intense entry, very thick texture and a heavyweight on the palate - masses of fruit and astonishing levels of tannin given its age. Modest level of aftertaste but a finish of amazing length. One to leave in the glass and keep coming back to. An amazing wine, which clearly has decades of life ahead of it. 95/100.
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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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Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1945 Graham

Post by RAYC » 10:01 Mon 05 Sep 2011

This was a stunning, perfectly mature, port - easily the greatest i have tasted this year, and perhaps ever.

As Alex notes, the fruit and tannin levels were deeply impressive but this was quite obviously an "old and great" from the flavour profile and the highlight was a finish that just went on and on for (quite literally) minutes.
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Re: 1945 Graham

Post by PhilW » 14:47 Mon 05 Sep 2011

RAYC wrote:This was a stunning, perfectly mature, port - easily the greatest i have tasted this year, and perhaps ever.
Not too shabby for "emergency drinking" then! :shock:

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Re: 1945 Graham

Post by AHB » 14:52 Tue 06 Sep 2011

PhilW wrote:
RAYC wrote:This was a stunning, perfectly mature, port - easily the greatest i have tasted this year, and perhaps ever.
Not too shabby for "emergency drinking" then! :shock:
The emergency was the short notice required. The choice of wine was one intended to help one of the attendees recover from the cause of the short notice.

Perhaps better described as "comfort port". I have a feeling that it will be a while before G45 is seen at another offline :(
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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