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1985 Graham's - Vintage Port Port Blend - Portugal - Douro - Red

Portugal - Douro

Red Port Blend
RH 94+
JR 16.5
WS 96
WA 90
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2016 WA: 1992-2012
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750ml $89.95

JR 16.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2006-2016

Very deep, blackish crimson. Slightly raisined, dried fruit character. Thick, smooth, unstructured and rather formless. Disconcerting for a port this relatively young. A little bit slithery-textured.

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WA 90
Source Wine Advocate
Issue Buying Guide, 2nd Edition
Drink Dates 1992-2012

Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports. Yes, it is made in a sweeter style than the other ports, but it is a fabulous wine because of a dazzling level of black-cherry fruit, an enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. It is forward, as are all 1985s, and I would speculate that this port will be approaching maturity by 1992-93 and will keep 15-20 years thereafter.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator

What more could one want in a young vintage Port? It has great elegance and great power. Brilliant deep ruby-purple, with boysenberry and licorice aromas, full-bodied, very fleshy, with a firm backbone of tannins.

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RH 94+
Source For The Love of Port
Issue Issue 22

A sip of the '85 is like falling in love on a first date after a great kiss. It is big, ripe and sexy. This Graham's is always a crowd favorite and along with the Fonseca, it vies for Port of the vintage. Having reached 21, it is now old enough to drink, while still showing off its youthful spirit. Similar in color to the '94, maybe just a shade lighter in the Magenta range. It offers brambly blackberry fruit along with ripe cassis and delivers a provocative, yet slightly hot but beguiling aftertaste. Very drinkable now but will be at its best from 2020-2030.

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Author Tphilca
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/11/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2016

First vintage port experience. My god. This is not every day port. So much flavor and it kept changing in the glass. 4 people easily finished the bottle and we could have had another! Really tough to beat and the wine is clearly ready. Not much tannin at present

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Author lordotheporto
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/22/2011

Color: Rose with hints of tawny, and a clear white edge; nice legs. Nose: very little; some alcohol, definite sweetness, and that's about it; no fruit that I could discern. Taste: very smooth entry, mid palate, and finish; little to no tannins left; likewise, very little fruit left, perhaps, some strawberries or plum; secondary characteristics were slight raisiny; very sweet, smooth finish, maybe a little hot but not much. All in all, it was certainly delicate, but it didn't really come across as nuanced and complex as I was expecting.

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