Port 1975 Graham W. & J.
Vintage Port, Oporto, Bottled in 1977
Provenance: VAR, 12/11/1998
Although Vintage Port is aged in cask prior to bottling, the wine spends the greater part of its life maturing and developing in the bottle. Such further development causes the wine to throw a heavy sediment which is an important characteristic of Vintage Port. Care must be taken, however, that this sediment does not get into oné glass, and in order to avoid this we recommend that the bottle be placed in an upright position for several hours before the wine is served and that it then be decanted.
The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.