W. & J. Graham's Vintage Port Blend 1985

$159

Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. 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... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Sadly slightly corked.

Sadly slightly corked.

8.9

Alex Lallos Delectable Pro

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

Stupidly good. From half bottle (I personally killed the whole thing) lovely aromas of cinnamon, hoisin, dark cherry, crushed rose petals, dusty earth and all spice. Almost amarone in the nose. Add cigar and butter chocolate on the nose as well. Lost the sweetness and drinks like still wine. I’m about to offer a whole bunch of these if anyone wants in please let me know. Prices will be silly good.

Stupidly good. From half bottle (I personally killed the whole thing) lovely aromas of cinnamon, hoisin, dark cherry, crushed rose petals, dusty earth and all spice. Almost amarone in the nose. Add cigar and butter chocolate on the nose as well. Lost the sweetness and drinks like still wine. I’m about to offer a whole bunch of these if anyone wants in please let me know. Prices will be silly good.

9.5

Shay A Delectable Pro

Weekly Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3-4 whites, 3-4 reds and 1 dessert wine format. Served blind. This was really faded and light in appearance. Lot of sediment. I guessed late ‘70s/early ‘80s port. More guessed early ‘70s. It tasted older than it was, actually. Old graham cracker, cocoa dusted dates, licorice and old, candied blackberries. Dusty.

Weekly Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3-4 whites, 3-4 reds and 1 dessert wine format. Served blind. This was really faded and light in appearance. Lot of sediment. I guessed late ‘70s/early ‘80s port. More guessed early ‘70s. It tasted older than it was, actually. Old graham cracker, cocoa dusted dates, licorice and old, candied blackberries. Dusty.

9.2

Cameron Hoppas Delectable Pro

Rich and concentrated. The elegance and delicacy surrounding the powerful flavors and aromatics are astounding. This is a pivotal wine for the category. Deep dark berry core, Graham/molasses, caramel nuances. Fresh as summer preserves.

Rich and concentrated. The elegance and delicacy surrounding the powerful flavors and aromatics are astounding. This is a pivotal wine for the category. Deep dark berry core, Graham/molasses, caramel nuances. Fresh as summer preserves.

9.8

Christine Havens Delectable Pro

Black cherries, Italian black plums, dust and anise. Silky sweet on entry, with polished, notes of roasted fig and dark chocolate. Lots of depth here, but plenty of finesse, too. Lengthy, spicy finish.

Black cherries, Italian black plums, dust and anise. Silky sweet on entry, with polished, notes of roasted fig and dark chocolate. Lots of depth here, but plenty of finesse, too. Lengthy, spicy finish.

9.7

Ian Burrows Delectable Pro

Sommelier Atelier Crenn

Ripe & semi-mature VP. Lots to like, including structure being fully integrated. tannin, fruit concentration and spirit nicely balanced.

Ripe & semi-mature VP. Lots to like, including structure being fully integrated. tannin, fruit concentration and spirit nicely balanced.

9.6

Charlie Beatty Delectable Pro

Buyer wineworksonline.com

Classic Port 1985 Graham's a Declared Vintage! Port lovers 30 years old! Where was everyone when this was made?? Great finisher on a special dinner with direct family members, who never get to experience what the Douro in Portugal is all about!!! Big Bravo Graham's !

Classic Port 1985 Graham's a Declared Vintage! Port lovers 30 years old! Where was everyone when this was made?? Great finisher on a special dinner with direct family members, who never get to experience what the Douro in Portugal is all about!!! Big Bravo Graham's !

9.9

Rafael Landestoy Delectable Pro

Damn good and an excellent way to end a great night with great friends.

Damn good and an excellent way to end a great night with great friends.

9.4

Rafael Landestoy Delectable Pro

Always delicious and a perfect way to end a wonderful evening.

Always delicious and a perfect way to end a wonderful evening.

9.4

Charlie Beatty Delectable Pro

Buyer wineworksonline.com

Classic 85 at its peak now. One of 3 great ports to finish the night! Awesome

Classic 85 at its peak now. One of 3 great ports to finish the night! Awesome

9.5

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