Graham 1970 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Graham 1970 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: Same colour as the 1966. Dramatic nose with lots of fruit, although some felt too stewed compared to the elegance of the 1966. Excellent in the mouth, still lots of fruit, as one would expect.

Tasted at: TPF Malvedos Tasting

Date: 22nd March 2010

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Dark but translucent. My first thoughts were, apparently: “Is this disappointingly hot on the nose? Is this heresy?”. In the mouth intensely sweet, followed by cherries and plums. Hugely long after-taste. Simply fabulous.

Tasted at: Decanter, The Symingtons: Half a Century of Superlative Port

Date: 14th November 2010

Rated*: C+

Tasting 3

Notes: Notably darker than the Gould Campbell. Very good complexity with lots of tannins. Rounded fruits. Much more life than the Gould Campbell. Excellent.

Tasted at: Berry Bros

Date: 1st December 2011

Rated*: C+

Tasting 4

Notes: Translucent red but still dark in the middle; fading on the edge to a very light red. Very good nose. Again: deep complexity. Cherries predominate. Maybe a touch of blackcurrant, too? The mouth is unctuous with a sensation of cherry sweets. Good tiny touch of acidity but not clear if there are any tannins left. Very long aftertaste with good balanced sweetness. Extremely good even if not quite as perfect as before.

Tasted at: Graham 200 Tasting with Anthony and Tom Symington

Date: 2nd December 2020

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 weighted slightly by their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port might receive a C rating for Certainly good which it might not were it to be a Vintage Port. 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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