1985 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: 1985-vintage-portThe 1985 is a great classic Port Vintage, with concentrated, rich and potent wines. The year was a general declaration of vintage, the majority of Houses judging it to be up to their high standards. 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 resulting ports 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 10-15 years. A Port from 1985 would make an excellent 34 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary.
 
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, and 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 for Spanish wines, 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 Gran Reserva production.

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1985

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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Price: $237.65 USD
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Bairrada, 1985

Frei Joao

Caves S. Joao, established in 1920, became a dominant force in Portuguese wine making in the early 20th century with their houses Porta dos Cavaleiros in Dao and Frei Joao in Bairrada. Given the shifting trends in consumer preferences, Bairrada and Dao fell to obscurity in the 1990s when critical influence drove the demand for bigger, extracted, warmer climate wines. As in all things, however, what comes around goes around! Sure enough, 20 years later savvy consumers and food-conscious sommeliers are looking for finesse and freshness and heading back to Bairrada and Dao. Wines that when young had a vegetal character,
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Price: $88.64 USD
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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 Baron de Lustrac 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: $147.73 USD
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Bollinger, 1985

Bollinger RD

Only the very best vintages are elevated to Bollinger R.D. status. This unique expression of the generous and ripe 2004 vintage is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 16 Grand and Premier Cru sites, which has been aged for more than 13 years.

Bollinger was the first Champagne House to market the Late Disgorged concept, with the trademark RD ( Récemment Deg)

Bollinger is one of the world’s most iconic Champagnes. Established in the early 19th century by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin, Bollinger remains under the control of the wider family and is synonymous with rich, complex, classic Pinot Noir dominated Champagnes with great aging potential.
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Price: $507.42 USD
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Bramaterra, 1985

Antoniotti Giuseppe

Produced mainly with Nebbiolo grapes cultivated on the slopes of Monte Rosa, west of Gattinara, of medium aging, 2 years minimum, it comes from a knowledgeable use of aging wood. Of ruby color, complex scents of mature fruit and spices, fresh and austere body. It's suited for a medium/long aging.
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Price: $75.79 USD
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Calem Port, 1985

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Colheita Port

Porto Cálem Colheitas or Dated Ports are tawny Ports from a single year high quality crop. Each year reveals special characteristics which are developing whilst ageing in the wood casks for a period not less than 8 years. Colheita presents a tawny colour, smooth touch in the mouth and a bouquet of vanilla, honey and dried fruits. Ready to serve single as the bottle is opened without need for decantation, are also ideal to go along with cakes and deserts.
Calem 1985 offers complex leather, spice and raisin aromas, fresh acidity and a long intense finish.
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Price: $114.33 USD
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Calem Port, 1985

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Vintage Port

This wine from the outstanding 1985 vintage has a beautiful and intense ruby red colour with nuances of purplish red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense and persistent aromas of red berries fruit such as black cherry, cherry macerated in alcohol and blueberry as well as an intense and pleasing aroma of violet and hints of vanilla on the finish.
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Price: $114.33 USD
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Chateau Bel-Air Lagrave, 1985

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Moulis en-medoc

The Seguin-Bacquey family have owned this nine-hectare Moulis property for over 150 years. The vineyard is planted with 60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot and 5% petit verdot. The wine spends 18-20 months in oak, between 35% and 50% of which is new.
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Price: $51.32 USD
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Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1985

Saint Estephe, 2me Cru Classe

***94 Points, Jeanie Cho Lee***
***95 Parker Points ***

"A fully mature Cos at its prime; delicious to drink with seamless texture and velvety tannins. Several different bottles opened in one evening prove this is a solid Cos that is the epitome of its 'old style' when subtlety was prized more than power."
* Jeannie Cho Lee, 2014*


"The 1985 from cask could have been a lighter version of the 1982 and 1953 vintages. Forward, with a fabulously scented bouquet of pain grille and concentrated red and black fruits (especially black cherries), it is rich, lush, long, and medium to full-bodied.
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Price: $229.95 USD
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Chateau Coutet, 1985

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Barsac, 1er Cru Classe
Half bottle 37.5cl

Orange/copper hue, orange marmalade, picks up some delicate caramel, lighter weight, elegant, moderate sweetness great acidity gives it verve, very nice now, lots of life left. Château Coutet is a Premier Cru Classé (French: First Growth) sweet wine from the Sauternes-Barsac appellation located in Barsac, in the southern part of France’s Bordeaux vineyards. Château Coutet is one of the oldest Sauternes producing vineyards, sometimes cited as a twin of Barsac's other Premier cru estate, Château Climens.
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Price: $47.47 USD
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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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Price: $77.01 USD
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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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Price: $635.88 USD
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Chateau Rauzan-Segla, 1985

Margaux 2me Cru Classe

92 Points Cellar Tracker.

1985 was an outstanding vintage and this is a good quality Second Growth Wine that scores an average of 92 points on Cellar Tracker.

This wine is fully mature and there is still a pretty generous amount of fruit intensity on the palate. The tannins are now fully integrated and there is a good medium finish on the palate.
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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: $109.13 USD
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Dow's Port, 1985

Vintage Port (Dows Library stock)

"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: $128.40 USD
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Dow's Port, 1985

Vintage Port

"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: $128.40 USD
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Fonseca Port, 1985

Vintage Port LIBRARY RELEASE FROM OPORTO

Excellent Provence. These bottles of Fonseca 1985 Vintage Port have been shipped straight from Fonseca's Cellars in Oporto to our cellars in Fordingbridge. They are in perfect condition.

The 1985 Fonseca Vintage Port 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,
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Price: $127.18 USD
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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: $366.11 USD
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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: $242.79 USD
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Hooper's Port, 1985

Vintage Port

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Surprisingly opaque and purple, this port has a tightly knit but compact structure, fine depth of fruit, full body, yet seems to tail off in the finish. One of the more tannic and closed ports of this otherwise charming, precocious vintage. (1/1989)

Wine Spectator
Medium purple-ruby with fresh raspberry and chocolate aromas, full-bodied with plenty of raspberry flavors, silky medium tannins and a fresh finish. (12/1989)
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Price: $83.50 USD
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Kopke Port, 1985

Colheita Port in Original Kopke box as illustrated

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Nicolau Kopke and his son Cristiano, who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House has been run through the generations by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Review:
The 1985 has a topaz color with glints of fiery orange. The nose of vanilla and toasted almonds leads to buttery rich caramel flavors with hints of dried strawberries, finishing with soft Columbian coffee and pink grapefruit zest.

Colheita, or single harvest ports, are aged in the barrel.
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Price: $115.55 USD
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Martinez Vintage Port, 1985

Vintage Port

*** 94/100 - Wine Spectator ***

Full in color with a richness and big depth of fruit. The tannins are softening, to be sure, but there is still lots of body and power that will allow it to improve for many years.

Reviews
Deep red, but starting to mellow and with a slight lightening on the rim; 90% opaque. Not revealing much on the nose, some redcurrant and perhaps a touch of VA that adds a dose of concentrated perfume to the nose. Modest body, soft tannins balance the sweet raspberry fruit and there is a decent core of acidity. Chewy finish of nut skins and raspberry seeds with an interesting orange zest bitterness.
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Price: $101.42 USD
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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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Price: $101.48 USD
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Nebbiolo D'Alba, 1985

Pio Cesare

The Nebbiolo d'Alba 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 flavoured 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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Price: $88.64 USD
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Quarles Harris Vintage Port, 1985

Vintage Port

The 1985 Quarles Harris Vintage Port is a classic port from a great vintage. This historic Port shipper produces some of the most delicious Vintage Ports. In the recent years they really starting to shine. Tasting notes: Deep cherry red in colour, fresh and fruity on the mouth with balanced acidity. Well developed and excellently structured which will allow further ageing.
This robust, densely coloured port has plenty of muscle, power, and alcohol which is typical of the vintage. All the components of a classic port are there.

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