It has startling clarity and minerality on the nose, one of those young Ports where the spirit is so pure that it is difficult to distinguish from an unfortified wine! The palate is silky smooth and slightly honeyed on the entry, leading to a very harmonious, svelte, sensual Vintage Port with copious pure blackberry, cassis and mineral notes that build wonderfully towards the finish. This is captivating.
Big, rich and powerful, with vibrant kirsch, red plum and raspberry tart flavors that are fresh and juicy. The peppery finish glides easily off the tongue, revealing notes of milk chocolate. A chocolate character defines the finish, offering plenty of grip. Best from 2025 through 2060. 250 cases made. –KM
CELLAR SELECTION - A very aromatic wine, with violet perfumes, this is attractive and obviously ageworthy. The wine has the richness and tannic structure necessary, while showing an open, accessible character. The acidity shows strongly at the end. Produced from old vineyards at Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos, it has magnificent long-term potential.
It has the sweet fruit dimensions of a classic Graham’s vintage, carrying a vast store of tannins as if they were the honey of crushed rock. Its tangy wild fruit character lights up the finish, offering a taste of blueberry, fruitcake and spice even as the wine maintains black, impenetrable depths.
Luscious in the middle, as if a deep canyon of tropical chocolate divided the black plum and esteva scents from the schist of the tannins. This is still primary and tight, the structure sleek, the flavors succulent. Watch for it on release around 2016.
The Symington family elected to bottle just 3,900 of a possible 15,000 of the Quinta dos Malvedos, equivalent to 261 pipes. It has a lucid purple hue with thick tears running down the side of the glass. The nose is very intense, almost attacking the senses with macerated black cherries, creme de cassis and iodine, displaying good delineation and attractive floral notes. The palate has a sweet entry with a touch of spice and ginger, fanning out beautifully across the palate with silky smooth texture. The finish is showing a little alcohol but it remains a very luscious, almost nubile single quinta and is jam-packed full of fruit.
Decanter Gold - An expressively fruity wine with lovely spiced blackberrry, coffee, and cocoa scents, a dark chocholate concentration and some scondary smoky characteristics. The palate is very ripe, with powerful sweet berry fruit, kirsch liqueur.
Quinta dos Malvedos is Graham's flagship vineyards. This single quinta vintage, made in a year when no general vintage was declared, shows the great structure and fine perfumes that comes from this privileged site. Rich in plummy black fruits, powered still by tannins, the wine is approaching maturity. Drink now, although it will age for many years.
This late release is in a good place right now, with gently mulled plum, blackberry and fig fruit flavors infused with singed anise, tobacco and alder notes. Offers a light ganache coating on the finish, which has a smoldering feel. Drink now through 2025. 3,000 cases made. –JM
The 2004 Quinta dos Malvedos comes in at 107 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is a big mouthful, gorgeous from the get-go, young, exuberant and rather delicious...its rich and full-bodied feel may give it an edge this year, at least now...it should keep well as it does have nice support underneath the fruit.
Rich and powerful, with plenty of grip to the well-spiced flavors of blackberry, dried blueberry and dark plum. Dense and juicy midpalate, opening up with pepper and chocolate notes on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 3,000 cases made. –KM
...a vibrant, sunny wine that feels completely integrated between fruit and schist. There’s clarity and purity to the red berry fruit, which parallels the length and breadth of the peppery tannins.
Mature-tasting, offering a supple array of sandalwood, dried cherry and boysenberry flavors, flanked by notes of Asian spice. The creamy finish is long and lush. Drink now through 2020. –KM