A classic vintage of Graham's, the cool, balanced fruitiness of 2007 plays right into the style of the house. This is harmonious and powerful, with pure fresh fruit that bursts in the mouth then lasts, sustained, as the flavors of the Douro's ancient varieties cascade for minutes in fascinating interplay and detail. As luscious as it may be, the fruit still has red tones, along with a sensual texture. The schist tannins are muscular, sculpted into soft curves, Apollonian in their power. Compelling to drink as a young wine, this has what it takes to mature for 50 years or more.
A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2007 Graham’s Vintage Port is complete in every way. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an ethereal perfume of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, an amalgam of ripe black fruits, and a hint of chocolate in the background. This leads to a dense, super-rich, plush, opulent wine that hides its structure under all the fruit. Vibrant, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally lengthy, it will easily age for another 25-30 years in the cellar and drink well through 2050, probably longer. It is a tour de force.
Brothers William and John Graham established their business in Porto, Portugal as a means to import textiles in 1820. That same year, the siblings accepted twenty-seven barrels of Port as a payment for a client’s debt, and after that, the Graham’s Port house was born when they decided to produce their own Port wines from the Douro Valley. Originally hailing from Scotland, the Graham family had done extensive business overseas, and William and John helped the foundation of what came to be a worldwide renowned vintage port house. They are known for their exceptional Vintage Ports, as well as their Aged Tawny Ports, Late Bottled Vintage, Reserve, and Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Ports.
In 1970, the Symington Family acquired the Port House nearly a hundred years after their ancestor, AJ Symington; left his career at Graham’s to begin his own Port production. Today, Graham’s is the only remaining British Port company independently owned by a single family and because of it, makes controlling and caring for it an intimate matter.
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