1994 Graham

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jdaw1
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1994 Graham

Post by jdaw1 » 12:36 Wed 05 Mar 2014

A horizontal of 1994 and a G83 were tasted at Bordeaux Index, 10 Hatton Garden EC1N 8AH on Tuesday 4th March 2014, in the presence of Richard Mayson, as arranged by Michael Schuster of MichaelSchusterWine.com.

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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by jdaw1 » 14:40 Wed 05 Mar 2014

G94. Purple-red, 80% opaque. Good well-made Port, sweet, but simpler than G94 should be. Graham should have been able to compete with the best of this company (DTFW), but this bottle didn’t.

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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by flash_uk » 19:44 Wed 05 Mar 2014

85% opacity, lovely dark deep red, a rim with golden shadows, great legs. Nose, roasting coffee then plum. In the mouth, very nice. Compact. Starts full with rich plum, caramel, stays full, nice exit. Great balance, nice structure and long finish.

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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by jdaw1 » 20:13 Wed 05 Mar 2014

Wow, we had different Ports. maybe I had (another!) dodgy glass.

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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by flash_uk » 20:18 Wed 05 Mar 2014

jdaw1 wrote:Wow, we had different Ports
That's exactly what I was thinking when I read your note! Let's see what others come up with...I am but a mere novice at this right now, and I think this was the last glass I tasted in the sequence...

Re the glasses I also had a couple in v poor state of repair...dried suds abound.

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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by DRT » 01:16 Thu 06 Mar 2014

Excellent, but ready now. Graham '94 should not be ready now.

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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by djewesbury » 22:26 Thu 06 Mar 2014

24 hour decant. 85%, ruby with a very slight brown-orange tone. Nose very fruity, with a note of medicinal spice and something old and brown - old library; slightly warm and musty. In the mouth rather straight, austere without being excessively so, with a backbone and bitterness. Drier than I expected. Very different to the G94 that was at the BBR Port Walk last November...
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Re: 1994 Graham

Post by AHB » 12:12 Wed 26 Mar 2014

Dark brick red in colour with an opaque centre and a medium width transparent rim. A developed nose of ripe cooked red fruit, sweet and with a lovely sweet-spice component. Balanced entry, with the fruit showing at first before powerful tannins give an impressive control. The fruit reasserts on the late palate with a lively nutmeg-infused fruit. There is a lovely elegance to the fruit on the aftertaste that just lasts for so long. A stunningly good combination of fruit, complexity and structure wrapped in a smooth elegance. 95/100 and my wine of the night. 20 hour decant.
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