Category Archives: 1985

1985 Dow’s Vintage Port

dows851 Had this at a port tasting at the Corson Building yesterday. It was a scorching 97 degrees, and probably hotter inside. Dark purple to ruby color. On the nose, youthful but showing development, medium+ intensity, plum, black cherry, fig, licorice, spice, perfume, chocolate, some chalky earth component, and a small amount of oak. On the palate, sweet, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, seamless, beautifully balanced, lots of depth, monstrous finish. Everything you could ever want in a vintage port.    

1985 BV Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon

To think that André Tchelistcheff still had a hand in making this wine is pretty mindblowing. A bit tired but the wine did deserve some merit. Browning ruby, serious rim variation, that is a difference in rim to core in color. On the nose, bouquet, medium- intensity, latent fruit, bell pepper, cigar box, graphite, and some black cherry fruit, others said watermelon. On the palate, dry, silky , and a bit brief, just expected a bit more presence. I don’t try that much aged wine, I could and would have kept drinkin more of this 22 year old Napa Cabernet, there just wasn’t enough for me. Don’t let this sit too much longer in the cellar. It’s past it’s prime, drink now.    

1985 Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac

Don’t know that much about that vintage but under-appreciated Bordeaux producer, that has long delivered super high quality without the price tag. Some might argue the other way, but you can still find some well aged wine from this producer from about $100, that’s almost remarkable. Deep garnet, with browning edges medium intensity. On the nose, some serious bell pepper and earthy tones. Musty basement came to mind, and Menno said the same two things first. Mocha basement of medium intensity. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, still had a lot of life left in the tank. The structure was all there, great finish, well integrated wine. Thanks to the wine gods for always bestowing these wines on me.