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Grahams Stone Terraces 2016 (2.25L)

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100 WE / 99 DE / 98 WS / 97+ WA / 97 VM / 96 JS / 18.5 JR

#1 Wine Advocate Best Fortified Wines of 2018
#5 Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018

A superbly intense wine of great concentration, this has a generous structure and abundant ripe-fruit tones. Its tannins are fully intact, promising an immensely long aging period. It's rich, but also fresh in acidity and juicy black-fruit flavors. Drink from 2029.- Wine Enthusiast

Mostly Touriga Nacional from traditional stone-walled terraces at Quinta dos Malvedos, Graham’s flagship estate. Closed with a hint of liquorice and dark chocolate on the nose. Big and dense with bittersweet dark chocolate intensity and broad tannins rising in the mouth to a massive peacock’s tail of a finish. An absolute ‘wow’ of a wine. Made in tiny quantities but fabulous every time I have tasted it – this has to be the wine of the vintage if you can get hold of a bottle. - Richard Mayson, Decanter

This is lush and captivating in feel, with a velvety flow to the mix of plum, blackberry, boysenberry and açai berry compote flavors. A bold streak of licorice runs through the finish, underscored by a brambly note that imparts balance. A stunning display of fruit. Best from 2030 through 2050. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 The Stone Terraces Vintage Port, from a specific plot, is predominantly Touriga Nacional. It comes in with 110 grams of residual sugar and was bottled about a month before this tasting. Along with the Capela from Vesuvio, this is a candidate both for the best of the Symington stable and the top wine in this vintage. But they are very different. The Capela has that rich Vesuvio fruit and seems a bit denser and burlier, showing off fine concentration and a lot of serious muscle. The Stone Terraces is more elegant and far more expressive just now, just a bit more open (but hardly ready). Seen twice, once with a lot more aeration, this proved it could become even tighter and more powerful. As elegant as it initially seemed, don't be fooled—there's serious power here to go with the purity of fruit. Intense, impeccably balanced and chock-full of gorgeous fruit, this is pretty brilliant. It should have a long life ahead. At the moment, I'd give this the clear nod over the wonderful 2015, but there may be ups and downs as they both start on their long lives. I like to see wines like this grow in the cellar a little, so let's remain a little conservative in evaluation. I won't be surprised if it merits an uptick in time. There were 4,200 bottles produced. - Mark Squires, Wine Advocate

The 2016 The Stone Terraces Vintage Port from Graham’s demands more coaxing from the glass than the regular Vintage Port, but it has a little more precision and more mineralité, a clarity you rarely see in such young Port. The palate is super-smooth on the entry and the fruit profile is a mixture between red and black: raspberry, black cherries, cassis and hints of white pepper and clove. What I appreciate is the finish, the manner in which it almost delivers a second wave of intensity, a residual spiciness that lingers for 60 seconds in the mouth. Magnificent, but it deserves cellaring to get the most from this Port. Production is 350 cases. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media

Extremely vinous and aromatic with flowers and dark berries. Herbal and tobacco undertones. This is very tight and chewy, showcasing so much grape-skin character character. So phenolic yet not roughly tannic. Unique. Try in 2022. - James Suckling

From 60-year-old vines on the eponymous steep stone terraces of the small, 28-ha Quinta do Tua just next to Quinta dos Malvedos. Associated with some of the Douro's original Touriga Nacional.
I can't decide whether I approve of these special small-production vintage ports or not. The 2016 is certainly absolutely outstanding; but does its absence from the main Graham's 2016 rob it of a vital ingredient? Very dark crimson. Heady and malty on the nose. Really exciting and vibrant. This wine almost presents a case for going wholesale from vintage blends to single-vineyard bottlings. Rich and sinewy and polished and with massive acidity too but not too much. This has great individual personality. Aromas of nuts, dried fruits and citrus peel. - Jancis Robinson

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