Graham 1983 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Graham 1983 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Similar colour to the Fonseca 1985; just a little darker on the edge. On the nose very slight rancio and quite spirity at the end. In the mouth, lots of fruit. Slight acidity. A little sweeter than the others. No tannins. Clearly the best made wine of the evening; will be better than the Fonseca 1985 when it matures.

Tasted at: The Bunghole

Date: 10th January 2012

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Excellent balance of fruit and sweetness. Wine of the evening (which Charles Symington seemed to agree with!).

Tasted at: BBR Port Walk 2017

Date: 24th November 2017

Rated*: C

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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