This is a monumental wine with a great balance of fruit and tannin. Medium ruby with a garnet edge, enticing nose of bitter chocolate and plums, full-bodied, with chocolate and raspberry flavours, medium tannins and a very long finish. 97 points, Wine Spectator (1989).
What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced, understated on the entry but building all the time, flashes of eucalyptus leading towards a more extrovert, clove tinged finish that hangs around the palate like an obsessed ex-girlfriend. Gorgeous Grahams! Drink to 2030. 96 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (2009).
…good mid-deep youthful colour, open, fragrant, floral but still showing its power and depth on the nose; rich and opulent in style retaining a lovely dark chocolate core. Fine and fresh with good gripping tannins and lovely gentle length – just as a top 1963 should be. Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com (2011).
Good, deep youthful colour; tight-knit powerful nose, dark chocolate concentration, with more to give; similarly rich, tight-knit and powerful, spicy/peppery tannins and a cast iron superstructure. Sweet, complete and very fine. Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com (2008).
Really ‘roasted’ nose. Cloves, roses and spices. So rich and voluptuous All-enveloping. Dark coffee, cassis. Raisins and Glorious Graham Glycerol – the three Gs! Another recent bottle had scented spices and very strong cloves on the nose. Extraordinary richness and voluptuousness. The alcohol is totally absorbed in the glycerol. Remarkable. So luscious and long-lasting. This wine just never fails. Serena Sutcliffe MW, Sotheby’s (2002).
The Graham… had an amazingly strong cloves and scented spices nose and was extraordinarily rich and voluptuous, with the alcohol totally absorbed. It is a remarkable wine, so luscious and long lasting. Serena Sutcliffe MW, Sotheby’s (1999).
Three dozen idyllic notes since 1965, no matter where or by whom bottled… medium-deep, slightly plummy, maturing nicely. Sweet, rich, compact, slightly chocolatey bouquet. Very sweet compared to the '60 and '66, fairly full-bodied, chunky fruit, rich yet lissom, great power and penetration. Still with great potential for futher development. Michael Broadbent MW (1985).
Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-coloured 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 vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. Robert Parker.