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A very fine Vintage with a superb solid backbone and opulent intense fruit. It is beautifully fresh and assertive in the nose. Elegant and harmonious, this superb wine can be enjoyed now but will continue to improve for many years to come. (2006 SFE Tasting Room Team)
Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,13
The audience realized after having tasted their way through half of Graham’s stellar vintages that they were onto something special with this 1985 offering. Great depth of color and deeply extracted, with no clue we were drinking a Port possessing a quarter century of bottle age. Great intensity and extraordinary density; this 1985 is unbelievably youthful. Spicy and sweet ripe plum and sandalwood seasoning, crisp acidity along with soft and mouth coating tannins. It is a Port for the ages; I look forward to seeing how well this will drink in 25 more years.
Very deep, dark youthful colour, still purple on the rim; closed, not all that expressive with a cedar and black pepper character underlying; rich, sweet, dense and peppery, quite dry in style for Graham, with an explosion of pepper on the finish. Lovely now but with plenty of life left in it.
The wonderful lustrous hue of dark amber hints at the age of this wine, and is verified by the rich coffee and burnt sugar nose. But still the luscious, syrupy, mouth-filling fruit and velvety caramel complexity provide a moment of utter bliss.
Score: 2003 Gold Medal
What more could one want in a young Vintage Port? It has great elegance and great power. Brilliant, deep ruby-purple colour with boysenberry and liquorice aromas, full-bodied, very fleshy, with a firm backbone of tannins.
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.
Quite a few notes, all highly complimentary from initial tastings in April and July 1987, exhibiting its distinctive style. A gloriously velvety purple. Harmonious from the start.
Score: 5 Stars
To learn more about Graham's here on The Vintage Port Site, read a concise Profile of the Graham's Brand, and detailed viticultural profiles of four of the key Graham's properties: Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta das Lages and Quinta da Vila Velha. If you would like to learn even more about Graham's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Graham's website. Finally, if you will be in Porto, be sure to visit us at the Graham's Lodge across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia for a tour and tasting.