1985 Dow's Vintage Port
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-2008)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.
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. Drink now-2015.
5 stars from Michael Broadbent: "Very sweet, intense, and powerful. Very tannic. Very flavoury."