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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, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1943*, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1954* (Harvey & Son), 1955, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2020
Graham's Malvedos Vintages:1887*, 1890, 1942, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 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, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021
Graham's The Stone Terraces Vintages:2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021
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
ColourBeautiful mature, yellow in colour.Number of tastings8
BouquetEucalyptus, liquorice, fudge, toffee, crème caramel, crème candy, lovely spiciness and old grocery shop in the nose. Wonderful bouquet!Score range17.00 - 18.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Toffee, crème caramel and a lot of wonderful tastes in the mouth. Complex, very elegant and balanced. Some elegant old acids and with a never ending finish. What a marvellous port!Average score17.99
Last tasted16th November 2017Point this date18.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
These bottles belong to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal’s Private Collection. We had 2 bottles bottled in 1957 and 1958. This was bottled 1957.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
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
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.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal’s Private Collection.

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 but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings12
BouquetChocolate, toffee, coffee, violet and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.50 - 18.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and on top. Cacao and toffee in taste. Elegant and balanced with a complex, long and attractive finish which just are marvellous! Lovely port indeed.Average score17.58
Last tasted17th May 2018Point this date17.75
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 very beautiful in colour.Number of tastings25
BouquetLiquorice, coffee, ginger, cinnamon, figs, sweet candy, cacao and much more in the nose. Very complex indeed.Score range16.50 - 18.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature. and peaking Elegant and quite sweet. Balanced and very tasty of figs, toffee, sweet candy, some cacao and cinnamon and much more. Very complex, imposing and attractive with a never ending finish, just rolling in the mouth. What a lovely port!Average score17.31
Last tasted28th July 2022Point this date18.25
CommentTasted at 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 rather dark but mature, yellow and beautiful in colour.Number of tastings30
BouquetWhat a bouquet! Liquorice, violets, toffee, cream candy, herbs, spring flowers and much more in the noseScore range17.90
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and probably peaking but will last for many years ahead. Elegant, very complex and balanced with a wonderful finish which never seem to end and is just rolling in the mouth. This is PORT! Port is a wonderful drink!Average score17.27
Last tasted16th December 2021Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

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 tastings21
BouquetBouquet of crème caramel, coffee, toffee, orange zest, old grocery shop and spiciness.Score range15.75 - 16.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and perhaps starting to be a little old, but still very elegant, complex and quite generous. Crème caramel and spiciness in taste. Balanced with a nice finish.Average score16.30
Last tasted9th September 2020Point this date16.90
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
HouseGrahamVintage1977
ColourMature, yellow and very attractive in colour.Number of tastings35
BouquetChocolate, mulberry, cacao, roasted coffee beans, violet, spring flowers and liquorice in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking but still with a hint of tannin and will maybe be better. Balance with cacao, toffee, crème caramel, coffee beans and spring flowers in taste. Elegant, rather sweet, and complex with a long and attractive finish. As always a lovely port and very easy to drink and enjoy!Average score16.97
Last tasted18th October 2023Point this date17.00
CommentTasted at home in 14th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

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 surprisingly very dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings29
BouquetToffee, cacao, dark chocolate, ginger, candy, cream candy, old grocery shop and much more in the nose.Score range15.75 - 17.50
TasteFull bodied. Cacao, dark chocolate some ginger, cream candy sweet liquorice, old grocery shop and much more in flavour. Quite sweet. Still some soft and very elegant tannins but is of course quite mature. Balanced, very complex and with an elegant and long, attractive, wonderful finish.Average score16.45
Last tasted1st October 2023Point this date17.50
CommentTasted at home with the family

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
ColourMedium dark ruby with very beautiful yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings36
BouquetLiquorice, ginger, cinnamon, bitter, cream candy, chocolate, toffee, fudge, vanilla and orange flowers in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking but maybe still with some round tannins and may improve a little. Toffee, fudge and bitter chocolate and much more in taste. Complex, elegant and balanced port with a wonderful, long, quite sweet and attractive finish. Drink it and love it!Average score16.58
Last tasted7th March 2023Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at home in 11th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.

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
ColourStill quite dark with a beautiful, yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings28
BouquetLiquorice, ginger, dried fruit, mint, toffee and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Toffee, fudge, liquorice, mint, candy and much more in taste. Quite mature but will be better. Complex with a very long and very elegant finish. Lovely Port indeed.Average score16.62
Last tasted22nd March 2023Point this date16.75
CommentTasted in our Private Wine Club.
One bottle has been defect.

In 2020 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1991
ColourStill very nice dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings11
BouquetToffee, cream candy, candy, tea, ginger, cacao, dark chocolate and a hint of mint and Christmas raisin in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature almost mature but have still some elegant tannins. Quite sweet but balanced and very elegant. Toffee, candy, some spiciness, cacao, chocolate and much more in taste. A very attractive, long and lovely finish. Wonderful port!Average score16.47
Last tasted19th April 2024Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1994
ColourStill quite dark but yellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings18
BouquetCoffee, cacao, dark chocolate, coffee, spiciness, herbs, toffee, some violets, mint and liquorice in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.75
TasteFull body. Mature and almost peaking but will probably be better due to some very round tannins. Sweet with taste of coffee, cacao, dark chocolate and toffee. Balanced, very elegant with a long, very attractive and very complex finish. Wonderful port indeed.Average score16.93
Last tasted18th May 2024Point this date17.75
CommentTasted at the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage1997
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow, mature zest in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetMaybe still a hint of mulberry but mostly roasted coffee, cacao and dark chocolate, herbs and some spiciness and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and almost peaking but still with some very round and elegant tannins and will probably improve a little. Coffee, cacao, roasted coffee, some spiciness and lots of other things in taste. Balanced and very with a long, lovely and intensive finish.Average score16.67
Last tasted30th May 2023Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at home in 13th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2000
ColourDark ruby with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings12
BouquetViolet, liquorice, toffee, crème caramel, cacao, dark chocolate, nuts and old grocery shop and in the nose as well as some mint and dried fruit and mature plum.Score range16.75 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied and sweet. Rather mature but of course still some soft and elegant tannin and will probably be much better. Sweet. Balanced and very complex. Violet, cacao, chocolate, mint and liquorice in taste. Long, elegant and lovely finish. Very easy to drink and really enjoy.Average score16.86
Last tasted24th November 2023Point this date17.00
CommentTasted at the Portweinmesse in Leverkusen, Germany.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2003
ColourStill quite dark in colour but with a yellow edge.Number of tastings5
BouquetToffee, chocolate, cacao, cream candy, crème caramel, some coffee beans, herbs, old grocery shop and much, much more in the nose in the nose.Score range17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Still a bit immature with lovely round and very elegant tannins. Will improve and be better. Balanced with toffee, cream candy, cacao, chocolate, herbs and much, much more in the mouth. Very elegant and very complex with a lovely, long and exciting finish. What will be? Will be interesting to follow!Average score16.55
Last tasted25th April 2023Point this date17.25
CommentTasted at home in 12th International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
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, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2016
ColourBlack and violet in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetLots of fruit and dark berries, mulberry, blackberry, blue berry, some mint and eukalyptus in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Of course very immature and full of fruit and dark berries in taste. Balanced and already quite elegant. The finish is long and very attractive and full of seductive tannins. Will be wonderful to follow!Average score
Last tasted24th September 2023Point this date16.50
CommentTasted at Graham’s lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2017
ColourAlmost black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark mature berries such as mulberries, black berries, blue berries and dark cherries but also some orange zest, liquorice, cacao and some dark chocolate in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Of course very immature and laden with mature fruit and dark berries such as mulberries, black berries, blue berries and some cacao in taste. The port is of course balanced and very elegant. The finish is long, intense, very attractive and laden with seductive and very attractive tannins. What a port! Will be wonderful to follow!
Last tasted1st November 2021Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseGrahamVintage2020
ColourVery deep ruby, almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity with a lot of dark berries such as mulberry and blackberry, and some mint in the nose
TasteFull body. Elegant and balanced with soft and elegant tannins with a long finish. Very impressive.
Last tasted20th April 2023Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentTasted at the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.

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

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