Despite being an ardent traditionalist, I actually rather like the unorthodox looking Six Grapes logo on the bottle. It says on the back of the bottle that the ‘Grape’ symbol classifies their port wines on a scale of one to six, “six denoting the lots with Vintage Port potential.” Like many other ports, it also claims to pair well with chocolate and blue cheese! That I don’t doubt, since most ports share many things in common.
By merely comparing tasting notes on paper of various ports, it might be hard to figure out why certain ones rate higher than others. In fact, two different ports could have nearly identical tasting flavours, and yet rate differently, simply based on how well the flavours knit together and go down. So even if this one sounds similar to the Taylor Fladgate I had out here before, something about the Graham’s just tastes better. Many thanks to Natasha for bringing this bottle out to Race Rocks!
Appearance: very dark red, 20%
Nose: strawberries, blackberries, and a hint of soapberries.
Palate: smooth, rich red fruits like strawberries, and cherry pie.
Finish: like a thick and sweet cranberry soda with hints of cream soda.
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
P.S. Enjoy these bonus photos from the last week or so out at Race Rocks!