This is a superlative, powerful, big-hearted Port, with rich, complex fruit. Beautifully harmonious and well balanced; this excellent Vintage has the potential to continue developing in bottle for many years ahead. The 1977 is considered one of the very finest Vintages of the second half of the 20th century. Graham's 1977 is widely regarded as being second to none.
After a wet and cold spring and indifferent summer, the weather from August onwards could not have been more perfect. Warm days and cool nights translated to wonderful color development in the grapes skins. A small harvest of very healthy grapes was gathered under ideal conditions a week earlier than usual. Because of
the cool nights the grapes arrived for fermentation at the perfect temperature allowing for maximum color extraction. An excellent vintage producing full, extremely rich, powerful and concentrated wines.
Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous.
This was never a great Graham, but it's outstanding quality nonetheless. Medium ruby-red. Aromas of milk chocolate, plum, mint and violet. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and lots of berry and cherry fruit. Very fruity and fresh. Long and lively. Delicious now, but will improve. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Drink now through 2018. — JS
This wine is going through a dumb period at the moment [writing in 1990]. It is closed and not giving much on the palate. It is still a big, hard and tightly knit wine. Deep purple-ruby with intense floral, cassis and prune aromas, full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and extremely hard tannins. Built for ageing.