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Calem Port, 1985 Vintage Port

Vintage Port
Library Release
Presented in Original Gift Box

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 20%


$116.18 USD

120 In Stock

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Cálem Vintage Port 1985, from this great Portuguese house, is an excellent bottle-aged Port from the great 1985 harvest. Only just released from the cellars, it's in immaculate condition for enjoying now.

1985 was an outstanding vintage for port and the Calem does not disappoint. The port shows a beautiful and intense garnet colour with ruby highlights. The nose denotes intense aromas of red berries, black cherry, prunes and cinnamon spice. On the palate this is drier style than most of the the English shippers. There is smooth mouthfeel, refreshing acidity and soft tannins. A little sour cherry and redcurrant makes this an interesting twist with layers of dried herbs and spices. Persistent finish. Still has ageing potential. 89/100 Very Good VWP Tasting TC May 2020 - Decanted for 5 hrs before tasting.




***89 Points(MS)- Wine Advocate***

The 1985 Vintage Port is a field blend—heavy on the "big three" of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca—coming in just under 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. When I originally saw this about five years back, it showed great. Whether due to the passage of time or just a different bottle, this is not as interesting. It's still good; it has some very modest tannins, but there's still a little bite on the finish. It seems fully resolved at roughly age 35, but perhaps was better and more expressive the next day. What it does best is be mature. That is, it shows the complexity and classic flavors of maturing Port. It is lovely, gentle, fresh and tasty. That said, for the moment, until some other bottle proves otherwise, I'm shortening the drinking window. That's not to say it won't meet the original prediction of 2035 or better, as these do not fall off the table and decline only slowly, but I think some caution is advised. It might be more likely to go down than up at this point.

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