It’s not on daily basis that classic Port reveals up on our doorstep, and even rarer that it’s of the standard that we see within the wine we’re reviewing at present.
Classic Port shouldn’t be declared yearly, and 2010 was not designated as one. That nonetheless doesn’t cease Port producers from releasing one thing in these off years, and that’s precisely what Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos is — an off-vintage “single quinta” Classic Port from a single winery within the Douro, Malvedos being the crown jewel of Graham’s holdings.
From the beginning, this Port is shockingly excellent, nearly as good or higher than many declared-year Classic Port releases I’ve skilled lately. Intense chocolate leads the best way, complementing an appropriately (however by no means overly fruity) raisin spine. Gentle notes of cinnamon, combined nuts, and hints of tea leaf construct because the Port takes on a extra brooding cassis character because the end builds. Attractive and opulent via and thru, it drinks with a definite maturity that feels 10 or 20 years older. At this worth, decide it up by the case.
Be aware: Decanting is advisable.
A+ / $65 / grahams-port.com
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