1985 Dow's Vintage Port
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A fine, classic Dow nose with notes of cloves, raisin and a touch of fig. Not incredibly complex but refined and inviting. The palate is sweet and fleshy, again cloves, red-berried fruit, a touch of spice and dates towards the finish. Moderate weight, certainly not an imposing, alcoholic Dow, but refined with great elegance and refinement. Drink now-2035. (NM)
A good choice for current consumption, the 1985 Dow’s shows a touch of bricking to go along with developed aromas of cedar, clove and cinnamon. Cherry, plum, fennel and dried spice notes finish with a hint of toffee.
Dark ruby-purple. Powerful aromas of raisin, blackberry and dark chocolate follow through to a full body, with medium sweetness and a firm, slightly chewy finish. Good fruit. Even nutty. Drying a little. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. (Web Only—2008)
5 stars from Michael Broadbent: "Very sweet, intense, and powerful. Very tannic. Very flavoury." Praise from Robert Parker: "This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977." (01/1989)