Graham’s Vintage Port, 1980

Just opened, it has mint, dried berries and aniseed. Alcohol is very present, then builds before a dry, hard finish. After two days in the bottle (after being decanted and then put back in with a stopper) it was transformed. Soft berry aromas full of stalks and then coated with chocolate. The palate is dryer than expected, and alcohol still very visible, but with everything rounded by the much more appealing fruit. A long, rollercoaster of a finish with occasional pepper spikes. 89pts (Dec 2016)

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