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Est. 2011

Graham's

W. & J. Graham & C:a

Founded 1820
Owner Symnington family
Vineyards Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta da Vila Vehla, Quinta do Vale de Malhadas, Quinta das Lages
Vintage Port Brands Graham's, Quinta dos Malvedos

The firm of W. & J. Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. During the early nineteenth century an office of this trading company was established in Oporto. In 1820 the brothers William and John Graham, who were then managing the office, accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt. This Port was shipped to the parent company in Glasgow which initially reprimanded the brothers for not sending cash. Fortunately however, after it was sold the Port turned out to be very popular and soon William and John were being urged by their parent company to acquire and ship more of this finest of fortified wines. Within the next few years Graham's reputation grew as a shipper of fine Port, first to Scotland and gradually all over the Port drinking world. By the late 18th century Graham's was firmly established as a prominent Port shipper. The Scottish connection remained, as it does today, an important feature in the company's identity. In 1882 Andrew James Symington, a young Scot whose family was well known to the Grahams, took up a position with Graham's in Oporto. Although after a few years he left the company to join another Port shipping business, the firm of W. & J. Graham was acquired by the Symington family, his descendants, in 1970.

Graham's owns the Quinta dos Malvedos at Tua in the Upper Douro valley. It is one of the most famous vineyards in the Douro and marked already on Forrester’s map. It was plated at the end of the 18th century and sold 1849 to Justino Ferreira Pinto Basto (a son of the famous founder of Vista Alegre), whose family curiously enough is related to Paul Symington. Graham bought the quinta in 1890.

Quinta da Vila Vehla belong private to the Symington family.

Quinta do Vale de Malhadas. This quinta is owned by three of the younger Symington partners and was acquired in 1999.

Quinta das Lages. This estate, one of the largest and finest in the Rio Torto Valley, is leased by Graham’s from a family who has sold their grapes to the company for over a century. It was bought in 1886 by Dr. Baltazar Augusto Ribeiro an ancestor to the present owners.

Graham's Vintages:1842*, 1847, 1848*, 1853*, 1858, 1860*, 1861*, 1863, 1865*, 1867, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1954 (Harvey & Son), 1955, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011
Graham's The Stone Terraces Vintages:2011
Graham's Malvedos Vintages:1942, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998
Quinta dos Malvedos Vintages:1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
Quinta das Lages Vintages:1926

This is a list of vintages:

HouseGrahamVintage1924
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetLovely coffee, tea, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range17.50 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Very complex and elegant. Mature with a wonderful finish. Quite extraordinary.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2003Point this date17.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1935
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetComplex liquorice, coffee and cacao bouquet.Score range18.00 - 18.00
TasteFull-bodied. Very complex and elegant. Mature with a wonderful and generous long finish. How lovely!Average score
Last tasted11th November 1999Point this date18.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseGrahamVintage1942
ColourMature yellow almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCinnamon, ginger, old grocery shop, liquorice, candy and much, much more in the nose. Quite wonderful.Score range17.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature, peaking but continue to develop all the time in the glass. Very sweet but complex and balanced. Candy and liquorice in the taste and a lovely, long and attractive finish. What a port!Average score
Last tasted29th March 2013Point this date17.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1945
ColourRather mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetGinger, cinnamon and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range19.00 - 19.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Complex and balanced with a wonderful and never ending finish. What a port!!Average score
Last tasted26th June 1996Point this date19.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI
HouseGrahamVintage1948
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetBouquet of coffee, cacao, ginger and much more.Score range16.75 - 18.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Complex and balanced with an enormous finish. Just wonderful. What a port!!Average score17.89
Last tasted15th December 2011Point this date18.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1955
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetEucalyptus, liquorice and old grocery shop in the nose. Wonderful!Score range17.00 - 18.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Complex and balanced with a never ending finish. What a marvellous port!Average score17.98
Last tasted16th January 2003Point this date18.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1960
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetBurned sugar and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature. Balanced port with a nice finish. Quite elegant.Average score16.00
Last tasted15th November 2007Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2007 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1963
ColourDark yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetChocolate, coffee, violet and old grocery shop in the nose. A wonderful bouquet.Score range16.50 - 20.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and on top. Cacao and toffee in taste. Elegant and balanced with a complex and never ending finish. Lovely port which continue developing in the glass. Astonishing! We just love this port!Average score17.56
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date20.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1966
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings22
BouquetLiquorice, coffee, ginger, cinnamon, figs, sweet candy and much more in the nose. Very complex indeed.Score range16.50 - 18.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature. Elegant and quite sweet. Balanced and very tasty of figs, toffee and cinnamon with a complex and never ending finish. Lovely port! Now peaking and must be enjoyed.Average score17.25
Last tasted18th June 2015Point this date17.90
CommentAt home with the family.
*1 bottle has been defect

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1970
ColourStill quite dark yellow quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings28
BouquetLiquorice, violets, red berries, toffee, herbs and spring flowers in the noseScore range16.50 - 17.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and probably peaking but will last for many years ahead. Elegant, complex and balanced with a wonderful never ending finish. Port is a wonderful drink!Average score17.21
Last tasted8th October 2016Point this date17.55
CommentIn our Private Wine Club.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1975
ColourYellow and beautiful mature in colour.Number of tastings19
BouquetBouquet of crème caramel, coffee, toffee, old grocery shop and spiciness.Score range15.50 - 17.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and even starting to be a little old maybe but still very elegant, complex and quite generous. Crème caramel and spiciness in taste. Balanced with a nice finish.Average score16.26
Last tasted22nd April 2017Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
1 bottle has been defect.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1977
ColourQuite dark with mature, yellow edge in colour. Very attractive.Number of tastings28
BouquetFudge, coffee, mulberry, cacao, leather, violet and spring flowers and even a hint of honey in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking but still with some soft tannin and will probably be better. Cacao and violet in taste. Elegant and complex with a balanced and a long attractive finish. As always a lovely port!Average score16.85
Last tasted17th September 2015Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1980
ColourStill very dark with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings26
BouquetMulberry, dark cherry, toffee, cacao, chocolate, ginger and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.90
TasteFull bodied. Mulberry, cacao and crème caramel in flavour. Quite sweet. Still some soft tannin and may improve a little but rather mature. Complex and very elegant. Balanced with a long, lingered and wonderful quite long finish.Average score16.37
Last tasted18th December 2016Point this date16.50
CommentIn our Private Wine Club.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1983
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings29
BouquetLiquorice, ginger, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, toffee, fudge, vanilla, roasted coffee, cacao and Christmas spiciness in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Absolutely on top! Toffee, fudge and bitter chocolate and much more in taste. Complex, elegant and balanced port with a wonderful, long and attractive finish. This is a marvellous port!Average score16.51
Last tasted18th March 2017Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1985
ColourDark red colour with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings20
BouquetLiquorice, ginger, cherry, cacao, cream caramel, fudge, vanilla and cinnamon in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Toffee, fudge and candy in taste. Quite mature but will probably improve. Christmas spiciness in flavour. Complex, powerful and balanced port with a wonderful and long finish.Average score16.53
Last tasted21st September 2017Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1991
ColourStill a very nice dark colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings9
BouquetDark berries with blackberry, mulberry and cherry nut also tea, ginger, cacao and a hint of mint and Christmas raisin.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but have quite a lot of sot tannin and will be much better. Quite sweet but balanced and very elegant. Toffee and cacao in taste. A very attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.28
Last tasted16th December 2016Point this date16.40
CommentIn a tasting in our Private Wine Club
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1994
ColourStill dark blue but with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetMulberry, black cherry and blackberry and more fruit develops in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.90
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature and almost peaking. Sweet and mulberry and black cherry in taste. Balanced and elegant with a long very fruity and complex finish.Average score16.47
Last tasted27th November 2014Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
This bottle was a Magnum.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1997
ColourDark and immature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetDark cherry, mulberry and fruit in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and very fruity in taste. Still tannins. Balanced and a very fruity finish.Average score16.25
Last tasted17th March 2011Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2000
ColourStill dark blue in colour but with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings5
BouquetViolet, liquorice, toffee, cacao and old grocery shop and in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but of course still some soft and elegant tannin and will probably be much better. Sweet. Balanced and very complex. Violet and liquorice in taste. Long, elegant and lovely finish.Average score16.72
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2003
ColourStill just black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDried fruit and mulberry in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteFull-bodied. Immature. Just fruit and we miss tannins even if there are some. Quite nice mulberry finish.Average score16.00
Last tasted17th March 2011Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2007
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetJuicy and fruit most mulberries in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature. Just fruit and we miss tannins. Just taste of dark cherry and berry in the finish.
Last tasted17th March 2011Rating this dateImpressive/ Very impressive
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and dark berry, most mulberries in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature. Loaded with fruit and lots of tannins. Very tasty and complex but hard to swallow. Long and attractive finish. Very promising and will be wonderful to follow.
Last tasted4th November 2013Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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