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1985 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port

SKU #1018471 95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark After a few rather weak years, this puts Nacional back on top. Very deep ruby-black, with ripe raisiny aromas, an abundance of fruit and tannins and an extremely thick and viscous finish. (JS, Web Only-1989) Inner quote mark

90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The decade of the 1980s was not considered one of the finest in the history of Quinta do Noval, as disagreements amongst different family members about the eventual direction of the estate led to some of the less distinguished wines in the illustrious history of the domaine. However, despite that, the ’85 Nacional is really quite a lovely drink- perhaps not quite as profound as it should have been in the context of how these ungrafted vines usually perform in top vintages, but nonetheless, a very satisfying bottle of Port. The deep and complex nose is ever so slightly raisiny in its fruit profile, offering up notes of dried black cherries, pepper, fennel, tobacco, a touch of new leather, a lovely base of soil and just a faint whiff of caramel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and shows a superb backend, with moderate tannins, fine focus and lovely length and grip on the finish. The mid-palate depth here is good, but not great, and the customary sappy core of beautifully pure black cherry fruit that is the calling card of Nacional is not particularly prevalent in the 1985. But, though this is not a legendary effort of Nacional, it is still a very tasty bottle. Drink between 2009-2040. Inner quote mark (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deeper ruby than the regular 1985 with pale brick rim. Intense nose with some dried fruits and cut peel. Lively. Racy and vigorous. I'd be happy to drink or cellar this. 17/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

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