I recently shared a press release from Graham’s regarding their 20-year-old tawny port, and lo and behold, a week later I received one for review.

From Graham’s: “…Graham’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port (is)—made from the highest quality Douro Valley grapes. Rich caramel flavors and notes of toffee…20 years of cask aging gives the wine its beautiful golden amber color…” read more here. And see how my notes compare below!


From the label: 20% alcohol, 5 generations of the Symington family for over 190 years have crafted this port, with an “art of blending” and control from “harvest to cellar.”

Color/appearance: A cross between your standard colored-raisin and a golden raisin, with a deeper garnet-hued edge.

Aroma: Chocolate covered cherries, liquor-filled chocolates, almond, crushed raspberry, caramel, coconut and raisin. Very welcoming.

Flavor: A lovely mouth-coating viscosity filled with milk and dark chocolate, macadamia nut, raspberry again, butter, fresh blueberry muffins, plum, cream, real pancake syrup and with no real discernable burn but with an incredible long length.

Pairing: I do a chocolate class with Cab, Zin or Shiraz and at least one port. We start with the highest percentage of cacao and work ourselves down to milk chocolate. Most of the bars also have dried fruit and/or nuts. Every time the class ends up finding new respect for dark chocolate, and every time the port helps them transition from dark to milk. So, I’d definitely like this port, with all of the aromas and flavors I noted above, at my next class. Beyond that, and again due to the flavors I found I would enjoy this with a fruit-topped cheesecake, flan, bread pudding with rum and/or fruit, all kinds of cheeses, or after a night of wine or whisky.

More From Graham’s

Graham's was founded in 1820 and now has earned an unmatched reputation as the leading producer of premium Port wines. The company has been owned by just two families in its entire history; originally founded by the Graham’s, it was acquired by the Symington family in 1970. 

Read more here: Review: Graham’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port