1980 Port Vintage Report
An outstanding generally declared vintage, from a hugely underrated year. The 1980 port wines are outstanding. This vintage is ready now but will continue to develop and keep for decades, making them the perfect 39 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary.
13 products found.
1980 Barros Port
Includes in original Barros gift box as illustrated
The Barros 1980 colheita port has a tawny colour and an reddish halo. A delicious bouquet of ripe fruit, dried figs and plums, emphasised by an attractive character of wood and spices and caramel. Fresh and velvety in the mouth with a long finish, the Barros is a port wine which has an intense character.
Having just celebrated their 100th year trading in 2013 Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita ports – old tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheitas has established them as the stand out producer of this style. …
Stock: 31 in Stock
1980 Messias Port
Colheita Single Harvest Tawny Port
Tawny colour. Young aromas, fruity and fresh that evolve giving rise to a bouquet that brings out the aromas of dried fruits, aromas of roasting, wood and spices. Soft, harmony and complexity with a long lingering finish.
Stock: 15 in Stock
1980 Taylor's Port
An outstanding wine scoring 91 points.
Review: "A deep, clear garnet colour. The nose is very backward, quite austere and conservative with notes of cherry and raspberry leaf, a touch of cigar box developing with aeration. It perhaps lacks a little joie-de-vivre, especially when compared to vintage in the 1970s. the palate is attractive though, with notes of raspberry, plum, white pepper, blood orange and a touch of apricot. Very good acidity, perhaps like the -55, this is a Taylor's playing it safe, unwilling to take chances and yet it is lush on the finish with its plum and briary flavours. …
Stock: 26 in Stock
Croft Port, 1980
Quinta da Roeda
From the famous Quinta da Roeda vineyards, this 1980 single quinta vintage port has a garnet -tawny appearance. The nose is of dried fruit candy and walnuts. On the palate the wine is mature and at its peak balanced and elegant. The finish is perhaps a little shorter than one would like, but all round this is a excellent value port.
Stock: 8 in Stock
Fonseca Port, 1980
Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavours. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. When it is young, it often loses out in blind tastings to the heavier, weightier, more tannic wines, but I always find myself upgrading my opinion of Fonseca after it has had 7-10 years of age. The 1980 is very good, possibly excellent". Robert Parker, Wine Buying Guide 1989 Parker
Rating 87/100 (excellent) …
Stock: 4 in Stock
Gould Campbell Vintage Port, 1980
Vintage Port Magnum in individual box (1.5Lt)
Plums, raspberries, blackberries and spices on the nose, then a ripe palate filled with sweet fruit. Lots more fruit with notes of dark chocolate. Well-structured with lovely complexity.
Stock: 3 in Stock
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 1980
Full and deep, with excellent structure, this 1980 is aromatic, powerful and long. Mouthfilling and meaty, with sweet fruit; blackcurrants, cherries, cassis and chocolate notes. Fine balance and seamless construction.
Stock: 5 in Stock
Warre's Vintage Port, 1980
Vintage Port Library stock from Warre's cellars in Oporto
Please note that these bottles are Library stock from Warre's cellars in Oporto and have perfect provenance.
An outstanding 30 year old port just reaching full maturity. Reviews: Wine Spectator, October 1988 “Excellent Port from an overlooked vintage”. Malcolm Gluck, The Guardian, 23rd December 1995 “Overwhelmingly fruity and flowing. Beautiful, round and smooth. Quite exceptional”. WINE, December 2001 93 Points “The best colour thus far with a rich peppery nose and a meaty, complex long finish. Excellent”. Michael Broadbent, Vintage Wine, Published 2002 Four Stars (Very Good) “Best wine of the evening…Still very deep; fragrant; extraordinarily dense, figgy flavour and impressive, very dry finish”. …
Stock: 12 in Stock
Dow's Port, 1980
Vintage Port MAGNUM bottle (Comes in individual case as illustrated).
Very dark red/black center, dark red to brown rim.
Creamy, blackberries and black cherries, slightly herbal notes (good), smoke and wet stone, sweet.
Very complex, maturity, red currants and black cherries, herbs and smoked meats, in the middle acidity and tannin (still!), great length - 60 seconds plus of blackberries and plums.
This is an extraordinary Dow.
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Graham's Port, 1980
Purple fading to red and finally pink at the rim. Rich blackberries on the nose along with very faint stewed strawberries. The tannins were powerful on Christmas day but mellowed some by the next evening. The blackberries carried through as a prominent flavor, but added a sourish note almost like a sour cherry. The finish starts out with a rich butter cookie note, but then quickly switches to grape stem.
Stock: Out of Stock