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Graham's Vintage Port
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Graham's Vintage Port 2016

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalIf you want to know why field blends are so revered in Portugal, taste this sensational bottle of port, half of which is made with an old field blend of touriga nacional and touriga franca. The Graham charm factor is off the charts in 2016. The attack is warm, broad, juicy and massive but with details that keep it all in line. Gobs of dark fruit sits over a beam of acidity that maintains an inner brightness, less you think it’s all just show. It may not age forever but it will drink forever starting right now. With 113 grams of residual sugar it doesn’t disappoint the sweet tooth, but it’s equally balanced by a floral, savoury, licorice, black fruit that swells across the palate long into the finish. Superb. As per usual, Quinta dos Malvedos makes up the largest portion of fruit at some 35 percent followed by contributions from Quinta do Tua, Quinta da Vila Velha, Quinta das Lages and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas. In all the final mix is 40/31/23/6 touriga nacional, touriga franca, vinha velha - old mixed vineyards - and sousão. Production is a meagre 96,000 bottles.Tasted: 23 May 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 125.99 BCLS ON 126.00 LCBO QC 153.75 SAQ Producer: Symington Family Estates - W. & J. Graham & Co.Distributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Touriga Nacional - Touriga Franca - Tinta Roriz - Tinta BarrocaCSPC: 633099UPC: 05010867403000