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1985 Dow's Vintage Port

SKU #980003 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of walnuts, dried fruit and raisins. Surprisingly rich and powerful. Yet medium-bodied now. Concludes with a nutty finish. Beautiful. Drink now. Inner quote mark (1/2017)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1985 Dow’s Vintage Port has a gorgeous, very pure bouquet with mulberry, leather, terracotta tiles on a warm day, and hints of clove all beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced with supple tannin, lightly spiced on the entry, touches of liquorice and black pepper, curry powder and ginger with a very harmonious and long finish. This may well be the pick of the 1985 declarations and appears to have edged past the Taylor Fladgate 1985 in recent years. Tasted at the 'Big Fortified Tasting' in London. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2007)

K&L Notes

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)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2015 | Send Email
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One of my favorite 85s. Fine structure and plenty of sweetness. Enjoy this with a piece of Stilton or some chocolate strawberries. cb
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