1985 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: 1985-vintage-port

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.
 
Italian: 1985 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines, one of the best in the last 50 years for Piedmont and Tuscany. The vintage produced wines of great consistency. The best wines should be great.

 
Bordeaux: The 1985 wine vintage produced examples that are characterised by being well developed, rich and having a seductive complexity with an attractive perfume. A drought for much of August and September led to concentrated grapes at harvest. The wines have now generally gone through the peak of their maturity and should be drunk within the next few years.
 
Spain: 1985 was a near-perfect vintage, with a warm summer and a perfect ripening season. The wines produced are generally easy-drinking wines of medium intensity. About 10% of wine went into Grand Reserva production.

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1985

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Bertani

This wine is made from grapes harvested in various vineyards located on hills in the Valpolicella zone (Mezzane and Tregnago hills). Different sources and different grape varieties are important to obtain well-balanced wines with the fine structure that only a few single areas in the Valpolicella zone can provide. Notes: Color: strong ruby red. Clear and transparent. Bouquet: notes of vanilla and ethereal airs depending on the period of aging in the barrel; notes of sweet fruits such as currants, blueberries, cherries depending on the varieties of grapes. Flavor: wine with a velvety, raisiny character combined with the structure and typical stylish bitterness to give it good balance.
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Barolo, 1985

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Fontanafredda

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Price: £99.00
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Baron de Lustrac, 1985

Vintage Armagnac (Comes in original Lustrac Box as illustrated)

Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.


All Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
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Price: £94.00
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Chateau Calon Segur, 1985

3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Medium ruby/garnet-colored, with a sweet, earthy, berry, spicy, somewhat herbaceous nose, this medium-bodied wine is pleasant, but lacks depth and fat. In addition, it is fully mature.
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Price: £79.95
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Chateau de Fieuzal, 1985

Pessac-Leogan Cru Classe

Deep, dark colour although paling at the rim. Mature fruit, elegant, rich dark and spicy. A bit of green pepper and five spice here. Full, rich, dark and earthy palate. Good firm acidity, a little drying tannin just in the finish. A deep wealth of mature fruit. More of the Oriental spices found on the nose. Lovely.
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Price: £69.95
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Chateau La Cardonne, 1985

Medoc

Château La Cardonne is one of Bordeaux's top Cru Bourgeois vineyards. Its vines produce a stylish Médoc wine with a complex bouquet of ripe fruits, oaky notes of liquorice and spice, ending on a long and elegant finish.
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Chateau Latour, 1985

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit wine. The dark ruby colour displays amber at the edge. The bouquet is of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack.
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Chateau Peyrabon, 1985

Haut Medoc

Smooth subtle nose, raspberry, pepper and spice. Smooth and light initially on the palate, it builds on the palate into a more robust wine. Blackberry, blueberry and liquorice. The finish is where the real magic happens. Long weighty finish. Striking pleasant tannins. Plenty of lasting, lingering flavour. Enjoy...
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Chateau Saint Saturnin, 1985

Cru Bourgeois Medoc

Dark ruby coloured, with a sweet cassis/cherry and subtle toasty oak-scented nose, this medium-bodied effort possesses excellent concentration, low acidity, a plush, multi-layered texture, and fine length.
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Chianti, 1985

Santa Cristina - Marchesi Antinori

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Chianti Classico, 1985

Fattoria di Petroio

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. Chianti is characterized by its red and black cherry character, intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and spice, supported by a racy acidity and mellow tannins.
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1985

Verdelho Madeira

Madeira is an extremely rare wine to find being a unique wine produced in the Madeira island. Madeira Island has volcanic soil and sub-tropical climate with unique grape varieties usually uses four different grape varieties: Boal (medium sweet) - Malmsey (sweet) - Sercial (Dry) - Verdelho (medium Dry).

"Light medium orange amber color with yellow to clear meniscus and light orange lights; nice, nut oil, melted butter, lightly floral, toasted almond, rich toffee nose; tasty, youthful but poised and complex, toasty, almond, rich lemon, tart orange palate with depth; long finish
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Price: £84.95
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Dom Perignon, 1985

Vintage Champagne

*** 94 - 96 Points - Wine Journal ***
Reviews: "Green gold hue. An aromatic, almost herbaceous nose with greengage and honeysuckle - very complex. Palate is rich and fresh with notes of grass, apple and honey. This is a big, flamboyant champagne. Tasted May 2002." Neil Martin Wine Journal.
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Price: £295.00
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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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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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Five Roses, 1985

Leone di Castris- (Clearance sale/excluded from our guarantee, Now only £15- Sold only as a Curio/ Novelty from the Italian 1985 vintage).

Negroamaro, Black Malvasia of Lecce. Brilliant Cherry-Red Colour. Aroma. Heady scents of blueberry and red currant and a floral hint of rose.

Five Roses was one of Italy’s first quality rosé wines. The blend is 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera.
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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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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: £99.95
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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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Inferno, 1985

Fratelli Bettini - Riserva

Inferno is one of five viticultural sub-zones specifically identified as producing Valtellina wines of particularly high quality: the other four are Grumello, Sassella, Maroggia and Valgella. Inferno means 'hell' in Italian, and refers to the slopes between Sondrio town and the village of Tresivio. Although DOC laws do not explain the origins of this name, it has been suggested that in summer the slopes here get noticeably hotter than the rest of the valley. Just across Sondrio to the west is Sassella, the finest of the Valtellina sub-zones.
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Nebbiolo D'Alba, 1985

Franco Fiorina

The Nebbiolo has a lovely earthy bouquet. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, tar and slight dried rose notes. Complex and layered. Nice acidity. Medium tannins still present. Cherries on the palate too. Nice finish. Great food wine. Nebbiolo is a fickle grape famed as much for its pale appearance as for its tannic character and produces some of the most perfumed and richly flavored wines. Though generally only medium-bodied, the wines possess rose and anise scented aromatics and deep flavors of cherry, orange peel and subtle green herb tones.
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Recioto, 1985

Righetti Luigi

"Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
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Price: £89.00
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Rivera, 1985

Rosso, Vinicola Rivera

It was in the early 1900s that Giuseppe de Corato acquired the vast Rivera tenuta, or estate, in the territory of Andria, and planted it to vines, olives, and grain. Fifty years later, his son Sebastiano founded the Azienda Vinicola Rivera, inspired by his vision of realising the enormous viticultural potential of the Castel del Monte area. The old cellar was renovated, the vineyards replanted, and that era's most up-to-date practices adopted, and high-quality wine was the result. Widespread recognition quickly followed, and Rivera became the benchmark of Apulia wine production and the force driving its rebirth.
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Price: £69.00
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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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Price: £59.95
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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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