Graham 2011

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Tasting Notes

The 2011 Graham's comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Naçional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousão and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more "serious" bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of "The Stone Terraces" vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Graham's. 5,000 cases declared. Tasted May 2013.

Score: 95/97Neal Martin,, May 2013

Aromas of licorice, wet earth and berries follow through to a full body, medium sweetness and a chewy finish. Real deal. Structured. 8,000 cases produced of this mechanically trodden wine. Try after 2023.

Score: 96James Suckling,, May 2013

The nose is fragrant rockroses and violets but the palate is deep profound packed with brooding
black fruits. The layers of fruit are underpinned by bitter chocolate lots of complexity with the
richer black fruits backed by the freshness of red cherry and wild strawberries. Although the
finish has depth richness there is elegance and style

Score: 99Derek Smedley MW, May 2013

"A very complex and profound nose with hints of dark chocolate. Intense ripe red fruits on the palate. Firm but not aggressive tannins. Enormous body but with some fine acidity and minerality on the finish.

Score: 18Farr Vintners, April 2013

They say they have worked very hard to avoid mouthpuckering tannins. Managed quite differently even though the IPT is as high as it's ever been.
Meaty and concentrated. Really covers the palate - full width. Seems drier than most of the components on the finish but thoroughly exciting and complete. Spicy and noble. Minerally finish. Drink 2025 - 2060.

Score: 19Jancis Robinson MW,, May 2013

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