1985 Dow Vintage Port

- 750 ml
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A fine, classic Dow nose with notes of cloves, raisin and a touch of fig...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 and imposing, alcoholic Dow, but refined with great elegance and refinement. Drink now-2035.

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Sokolin 1985 Dow Vintage Port Tasting Notes:

Just like a river flowing peacefully towards the ocean, and gradually becoming more and more powerful as it’s getting close to its final destination, this red charmer will absolutely blow you away with its strength and character. There’s no mystery here – it’s show you its cards right away and reveal its plan to seduce you and keep you asking for more.

This is a classic Dow and you shouldn’t hesitate if you have a chance to get it for yourself. Its complexity is impressive, starting from the enchanting leather and cloves nose with subtle fig notes. It’s still beautifully balanced and inspiringly delicious, with notes of licorice, red berries and a spicy, long finish wonderfully lingering in your mouth for quite a while. A refined and elegant vintage despite its alcohol volume.
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Vintage 1985
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country Portugal: In many ways, Portuguese wine is the result of various cultural incursions and different traditions being brought to the region. It's a melting pot of ideas and styles, and this is perfectly reflected in the wines themselves. Portugal is home to an incredible number of unique varietals, which makes each wine that much more exciting and irreplicable. Visiting Portugal is one of the most enlightening parts of an individual's life-long wine journey, and some would say the region is still underappreciated. Open your mind to Portugal's wines and expand your horizons. Make sure to save a bottle or two for your friends!
Producer Dow
Rating 92 RP-NM
Region Port: Oporto is the home to the most exceptional Portuguese wines out there. Located on the Atlantic coast, one of the largest cities of Portugal is also one of the most well-regarded wine regions in this European country. At its beginnings, Port wine was more acidic and dry than today. That was due to brandy, which winemakers added to wine to keep it stable before they shipped it to the UK. Later on, brandy was used to capture the sweet ripe grape flavors, which contributed to the maturing potential of Port wines. Vinho do Porto is one of the favorite dessert wines for many, given it's usually irresistibly sweet. However, other varieties are also known to win the hearts of wine enthusiasts all over the world with beautiful whites, and delicious semi-dry reds, whether they're aged in bottles or in barrels. There are more than a hundred different grape varieties in Port, but only five have made it to the top. Tinta Barroca, typical for the Douro region, and Tempranillo, known for its early ripening, are some of the most commonly blended ones. Tempranillo is also famous for its remarkable strawberry and plum hints on the palate. To get to know Port wines, one must not miss out on Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, or Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port.
Type of Wine Port: Port wines have always been different than other European wines due to their history with brandy, and today they're highly appreciated by wine enthusiasts on all the continents. Red Port wines are typically made of Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Nacional grape varietals. As for whites, most of them are based on Gouveio, Moscatel Galego, and Malvasia Fina varieties.
Varietal Other
Customer Reviews
  1. without a good Port for years
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    Now, this is a thing of beauty! Before this bottle came into my life, I had gone without a good Port for what seems like years. For this level of quality, I’m surprised the price isn’t at least a tad steeper, even though it did cost a pretty penny when all those bottles added up.

    The flavors here are out of this world, especially the incredibly ripe red berries. If this wine doesn’t put a zip in your step, not many things will, let me tell you. The spices are also lovely, creating an almost cigar box-like appeal to the whole thing – and for a cigar fanatic like myself, that’s just bonus points on the board!

    The finish is just balanced enough to keep you invested in a second glass, and that glass can quickly snowball into several until the bottle is suddenly empty. It happened to me, and it may very well happen to you. Great, great wine.


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