($80) Saturated black-ruby. Superripe, bottomless nose of black fruits, mocha, bitter chocolate and flowers. Hugely sweet, dense and rich. A port of outstanding opulence and creamy texture; deceptively easy to taste. Substantial, sweet, spreading tannins are buried under a wave of fruit. Extremely long, fruit-driven finish. (Premium Port Wines, San Francisco, CA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2003
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Dark purple. Slightly green note on the nose. Very big and bold and sweet - really overwhelming with its sweetness, though there is tannin, quite dry insistent tannin, on the finish. Dry and almost dusty finish. This is less than a baby, it's an idea. But it should get there all right, even if it's a bit crazy to even try to taste it now. Complete.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Grapy, unformed, black raspberry liqueur and licorice-infused cassis notes leap from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. Sweet, plush, rich, and accessible, it is a forward, lush, concentrated effort that should drink well for two decades. While not one of Graham's most profound ports, it should evolve rapidly, providing immense crowd appeal.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 98
Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014. 9,000 cases made.
Graham's has traditionally been my favorite Port producer (even though Taylor's is arguably of higher quality). 1963 and 1977 Graham's are the obvious highlights of Graham's recent oeuvre. The 2000 is not as good as either of those wines and at present reminds me of a less structured 1985 (or perhaps more properly a slightly juiced 1980). I tasted this wine over a 24-hour period after splash decanting. Opaque red purple color that lightens at the edge. Few very thick and slow moving legs with slight pigmentation. Alcohol, white pepper, and indistinctive and reticent red fruit aromas. Sweet and grapy in the mouth with peppery overtones. The wine has plenty of drying tannins in the moderately long finish. The wine became tired after 24 hours (not a good sign). Drink 2020 to 2030+. 92 points (but more than usually I am giving anticipated credit for the history of how well this wine develops over time).