Grape(s): Touriga Nacional
Localization: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Tasting Notes: Flattering, with a gorgeous, seductive, and showy display of warm plum sauce, blueberry reduction, and chocolate-covered acaí berry flavors rushing forth. Light milk chocolate and black licorice note check-in through the finish, which is juicy and open in feel.
Notes: They only declare The Stone Terraces in the very best years. This is the first time that they have chosen to produce this wine. The grapes used to make The Stone Terraces come from the magnificent hand-built stone terraces surrounding the estate house at Quinta dos Malvedos which date from the late 18th century and are planted predominately with the floral and aromatic Touriga Nacional. Whereas most of the Malvedos vineyards face south, these vineyards face east and north, with a cooler microclimate that produces wines of exceptional quality, especially in such a dry year. The Stone Terraces represent less than 2% of the total Malvedos production.
The Domain: The story of Graham’s is the story of two families, both of Scottish origin: the Grahams and the Symingtons.
The company was founded by brothers William and John Graham in 1820 with the ambition of making exceptional port wines. They rapidly became one of the most highly regarded producers and their success culminated in 1890 with the building of the famous Graham's Lodge in Gaia and the acquisition of Quinta dos Malvedos. Situated high on a promontory overlooking the river, Malvedos is one of the finest vineyards in the Douro Valley and is a cornerstone of both Graham’s Vintage Ports and Single Harvest Tawny Ports. This property has been at the heart of such legendary Graham’s Vintages as 1944, 1948, 1963, 1970, and, more recently, 2000, 2007, 2011, and 2016.
In 1882, Andrew James Symington sailed from Scotland to Porto to work for the Graham family, thus beginning his family’s long association with this famous house. Although he left Graham’s shortly after to establish his own port business, his grandsons acquired the company from the Graham family in 1970 when it was offered for sale. Since then, the Symington family has further developed and consolidated Graham’s reputation for producing superb ports, starting with the 1970 Vintage they made in the year they bought the company.
Today Graham continues its commitment to perfecting the time-honored art of producing the finest ports whilst constantly pushing the boundaries. After almost 50 years of dedicated management and care by the Symington family, Graham's is now a global brand that ships to over 80 countries and appears in many of the world's top restaurants and fine wine merchants.
Recent highlights include the release of 656 bottles of Ne Oublie, a Tawny Port that dates back to AJ Symington's arrival in Portugal in 1882, the launch of a new range of Single Harvest Tawny Ports dating back to 1952, the declaration of Vintage Ports in 2011 and 2016, and the release of a new single vineyard Vintage Port called The Stone Terraces in 2011, 2015 and 2016.
The Graham's 1890 Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia is a state-of-the-art visitor center that ranks amongst the top wine tourism experiences in Portugal. It contains 15,000 seasoned oak casks, some over a hundred years old, and has cellars containing bottles of rare Vintage Port from every decade since the 1890s. It is also the home of a new restaurant, Vinum, dedicated to the union of gastronomy and fine wine.
Graham's sources its grapes from 4 properties: Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas. Every year the finest Graham's Ports are made in the specialist winery at Quinta dos Malvedos where our winemakers have the sole objective of producing the finest expression of that year's fruit, continuing a project of excellence that has spanned three centuries.