1985 Port Vintage Report

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1985 Port vintage is a great classic Port Vintage, with concentrated, rich and potent wines. General declaration of vintage. 1985 was a model year for the growth of the vines. A wet winter followed by a moderate spring led into an extremely warm June and a hot July and August.

The harvest took place under perfect weather conditions, and the fermentations went well also. From the very start shippers were predicting outstanding wines.

The ports from 1985 are characterised as being forward with enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. They are at the peak of their maturity and will remain so for another 15-20 years.

11 products found.

Dow's Port, 1985

Crusted Port (Bottled in 1985)

Crusted port is usually a blend of port wine from several vintages, although single vintage crusted ports have sometimes been made in the past. Unlike vintage port, which has to be sourced from grapes from a single vintage, crusted port affords the port blender the opportunity to make best use of the varying characteristics of different vintages. Crusted port is bottled unfiltered, and sealed with a driven cork. Like vintage port it needs to be decanted before drinking. Although crusted ports will improve with age, the blender often seeks to make these wines approachable at a younger age than for vintage ports.
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Price: £59.95
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Dow's Port, 1985

Vintage Port (Library stock from Dows)

** These bottles are library stock from Dows cellars in Oporto and have perfect provenance ***

"Drinking beautifully now at early optimal maturity, this has at least another few years of development in front of it and many years of drinking pleasure after that. Now it is nicely developed, well integrated, juicy and ripe with a nice balance between its power, weight, and texture; it is succulent but still elegant. Delicious. Really excellent."
On-Line Publication of Spec’s Update 12/2005

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Price: £89.95
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Fonseca Port, 1985

Vintage Port 2x75cl bottles- Includes double wooden Fonseca gift box as illustrated

SCORES & TASTING NOTES
Drinking wonderfully now, the 1985 Fonseca Vintage port is one of the stars of the '80's. A great gift comprising of two bottles for a special family and friends gathering. It has a lovely nose of maturing port, finely styled and just screaming quality. The palate carries a svelte texture, with a creamy, flattering character. There is purity, balance, a clean, bright quality and despite this lots of appealing grip. This has great impact, and yet is so welcoming and alluring. Excellent wine, and a great example of the vintage.

***Jamie Goode-93 Points (Outstanding***
***Parker rating 90/100 (outstanding)***
Dense ruby/purple with the Oriental spice-box aroma,
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Price: £190.00
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Fonseca Port, 1985

Vintage Port

This has a lovely nose of maturing port, finely styled and just screaming quality. The palate carries a svelte texture, with a creamy, flattering character. There is purity, balance, a clean, bright quality and despite this lots of appealing grip. This has great impact, and yet is so welcoming and alluring. Excellent wine, and a great example of the vintage. (November 2006).

Dense ruby/purple with the Oriental spice-box aroma, the 1985 is an expansive, sweet, broadly flavored wine with outstanding depth, concentration, and balance. It finishes with a solid lashing of alcohol and tannin. Parker, Buying Guide 1989
Parker rating 90/100 (outstanding)

Michael Broadbent MW, The Great Vintage Wine Book II – 5 Stars
“Full bodied.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1985

Vintage Port MAGNUM 1.5L

** Please note this is a rare magnum format **

Tasting note: Deep inky ruby with a broad red rim just turning to brick at the edge. Generous and seductive nose redolent of blackcurrant and cherry. Dense, luscious black fruit laced with dark chocolate, liquorice and roasted coffee. Exotic herbal and resiny scents emerge an hour after decanting. Later the fruit becomes more luscious and creamier, with rich raspberry jam flavours overlaying the dark fruity base. The full round palate is supported by thick well-integrated tannins and delivers an abundance of luscious chocolate and blackcurrant flavour which lingers into the long velvety finish.
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Price: £285.00
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Royal Oporto, 1985

Real C. Velha

From the excellent 1985 declared vintage this vintage port has aromas of raisins and spices. Full-bodied and sweet, with now soft and evolved tannins. Still tight and powerful with a long lingering finish.

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Taylor's Port, 1985

Taylor's 1985 Vintage Port in Oak Gift Box

A classic Taylor's Vintage port in a gift box.

These ports have been shipped to us from Taylors cellars in Oporto and are in pristine condition.

Medium ruby. Beautiful aromas of flowers and fresh plum, with hints of stems. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with gorgeous silky tannins and a long, long finish. This 1985 Port vintage is just starting to come around and offers wonderful flavors. Long life ahead, but ready to try.
(Wine Spectator - Jun 2008)

Review: "Typical for Taylor's. Notes of woodspice and pepper, very slightly spirity. Nevertheless, a delicious texture on entry, supple and stylish, although with a very firm weight, firm tannins and good acids.
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Price: £99.00
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Croft Port, 1985

Vintage Port

The 1985 will be an early-developing port. It shows aromas that border on overripeness and offers scents of plums and black cherries. Full-bodied, rich yet lush and soft, this husky wine had loads of concentration, a very sweet long finish and light tannins. Parker Wine Buyers Guide. Rating 87/100 (excellent)
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Croft Port, 1985

Vintage Port

The 1985 will be an early-developing port. It shows aromas that border on overripeness and offers scents of plums and black cherries. Full-bodied, rich yet lush and soft, this husky wine had loads of concentration, a very sweet long finish and light tannins. Parker Wine Buyers Guide. Rating 87/100 (excellent)
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Price: £64.95
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Graham Port, 1985

Vintage Port

An exceptional Port scoring 96/100 Parker Points

Graham is a great port house, producing one of the deepest-coloured and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports. It is made in a sweeter style than the other ports, but it is a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length.
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Price: £99.00
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Royal Oporto, 1985

Real C. Velha vintage port

From the excellent 1985 declared vintage this vintage port has Aromas of raisin and grape skin. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with astringent tannins. Very young. Still tight and powerful

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