1981 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: Our recommendation would be for a Colheita port from 1981.
 
Italian: The good 1981 Italian vintage produced a large crop of consistent wines. The best examples from Tuscany and Piedmont are now at their peak of their maturity, and will offer a good drinking experience.
 
Bordeaux: 1981 was a very good vintage for Bordeaux wines. Although July was cool, the fruit ripened well through a warm and dry August and September. The harvest began under good conditions in the very last days of September but was hampered by rain in the first two weeks of October, leading to a dilution of the grape juice. Nevertheless, reliable chateaux still managed to fashion some stylish, classic wines, with medium body and good structure. These would make a great 38 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary.
 
Spain: 1981 was considered one of the great vintages for Rioja, and this wine is at its peak of maturity.

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1981

Le Ragose

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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Barbaresco, 1981

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Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Barolo, 1981

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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Barolo, 1981

Cossetti Clemente

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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Brunello di Montalcino, 1981

Fattoria Valdicava

Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1981

PESSAC LEOGNAN
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Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1981

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

***91 Points Aggregated critic score***

The 1981 Chateau Lynch-Bages is a classic expression of Pauillac. The nose reveals harmonious and complex aromas of red and black fruits, tobacco, licorice and spice. On the palate, the fruit is round and ripe with a long graceful and balanced finish. A great wine in its own right and a pleasure to drink now.

Serving Suggestions:
Please decant before serving to remove any sediment. Serve at room temperature with grilled or roasted lamb and a well-chosen Pauillac wine as good a pairing as it gets. Pauillac is also a perfect wine with not overly seasoned meat dishes, such as marbled steak, roasted duck and game.
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Chianti, 1981

Dianella Da Vinci

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, 1981

Fattoria Casabianca

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, 1981

La Torre alle Tolfe

This is an Italian red 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, 1981

Vergignolo

1981 Vergignolo Typically displays a bright brick colour with medium body and silky Chianti tannins. A smooth, well rounded wine offering sour cherry and raspberry notes with a medium finish. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area.

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Chianti Classico, 1981

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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, 1981

Oliviero - Riserva

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, 1981

Villa Antinori

1981 Villa Antinori is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry entwined, with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.
Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions.
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1981

Verdelho Madeira

"Aromas of raisin and coffee. Taste corresponds to aromas, but adds fresh mint and nuts. Sweet, but with balancing acidity. Complex.
By far the best of the few Madeiras I have tasted. (92 points)

Near perfect with tiramisu and desserts made with cream and dried fruits.
" Cellar Tracker Review"

*Bottled in 2016
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1981

Sercial Madeira

Raisins, plums, walnuts and a hint of prunes in this wonderful Madeira. The scent fills the room as soon as it is open. Pouring it into the glass you notice the crystal clear golden brown color with hints of red. You swirl and smell, noticing the raisins and the walnuts. You take a sip, the flavors of raisins and plums fills the front of your mouth, not too sweet. You swish and swallow, the walnuts taking over in the back of the mouth. The taste lingers…
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Grignolino, 1981

Poderi Giovanni Scanavino

The Grignolino wines have a light ruby red color, tending to orange with aging. Have a characteristic odor and delicate in the mouth are dry, slightly tannic, bitter pleasant, with a characteristic aftertaste.
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Inferno, 1981

Nino Negri

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, 1981

delle Langhe, Marchesi di Barolo

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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Nebbiolo D'Alba, 1981

Canale Secondo La Morra

The wines made under this DOC label must be made from pure Nebbiolo, and the majority of wines are still and red. Although not held in the same esteem as their Nebbiolo counterparts, they are still highly regarded and display similar traits, with strong tannins and aromas reminiscent of tar and roses, as well as a good ageing potential.
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Rioja, 1981

Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza Bodegas Bilbainas

This Rioja Cosecha from the good 1981 vintage has aged gracefully into a classic old Rioja, with a garnet and mahogany colour, mellow aromas of coffee, leather and saddle leather, and a long, elegant and drying finish.
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Rioja, 1981

Marques de Campo Real


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San Fernando, 1981

Cantina Sociale di Toblino


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Vigorello, 1981

San Felice

Made for the first time in 1968, Vigorello is the first example of a "Supertuscan". A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small addition of Petit Verdot. Conditioned for 24 months in French oak barriques and about 8 months in the bottle.
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Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, 1981

Avignonesi

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is usually maroon-red in color and takes on a subtle brick-orange tint over time. It is characterized by its dark cherry and rich plum aromas, ripe strawberry and cherry fruit flavors, and a gently tannic 'tea-leaf' finish. It is also known for its medium body, firm tannins, and for the acidity which makes it a particularly age-worthy wine (well-made examples improve gracefully over one or two decades). Some have described the wine as having the perfume of Chianti Classico with the richness of Brunello di Montalcino.
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