Dow's Vintage Port 1985 (918)

Dow's Vintage Port 1985 (918)

Portugal - Oporto
Port Blend

Wine Doctor: A great colour, and a gentle nose of maturity. An elegantly composed palate, although it still shows quite a little extract, tannin and even a little spirit. Nevertheless it has a very admirable structure, and a supple style that makes it easy to drink now if one appreciates impact and substance in Port. But it should be good for a few years yet, and will evolve but not change much in terms of the pleasure it gives I think. 18+ Points

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Professional Reviews

Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge 2009

A spicy eucalyptus nose, with black cherry peppery fruit, long firm finish. Dry and complex, with a long life ahead. Score: Gold Medal


Michael Broadbent "The Great Vintage Wine Book"

Many notes. After bottling, vigorous, plenty of ‘grip”; two years later still purple, with spicy fruit lurking beneath the brandy; intense, powerful. In 1990 I noted the leaness and acidity - its vibrant nervous system. By the mid-1990s, surprising sweetness, attractive fruit, elegance, soft, figgy nose, good texture. Most recently I recorded a dry finish but perfect ripeness. ****


For the Love of Port

Possibly the darkest and most extracted color of the night, opaque and inky. This is always a tremendous Vintage Port and way up in the 1985 pecking order. A fragrant floral bouquet with boysenberry and kirsch dominating the air space. Great concentration of fruit, a freshness that stands out with primary plum and ripe, off dry blackcurrant flavors. Packed with intensity, in a youthful, fruit forward, muscular frame. The medium-body of this Dow belies the density that gives it a more massive feeling. At the same time it can seem light and glides effortlessly across the palate. The persistence of the layered finish is a significant strength. Drink now with a long decant time, or cellar for up to another quarter century. 93 Points

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Superbly concentrated wines that are scented with violet and mint aromas, intense and tannic when young, maturing towards a superlative racy elegance with age.

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