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1985 Vintage Port

The Vintage of 1985 was preceded by an exceptionally cold, wet Winter. Bud burst took place early in April and flowering around the end of May. The Summer was hot throughout and the harvest started on 26th September. By the close of harvest it was apparent that the year had produced Port wines of exceptional quality.

The late entertainer and cartoonist Willy Rushton visited Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas in 1985 and drew his memorable sketches of the Taylor’s Vintage at Vargellas.

Key Stockists
The Vineyards
Quinta de Vargellas
Quinta de Vargellas
Quinta de Vargellas is pre-eminent among the wine estates of the Douro. Located in the wild and hilly eastern reaches of the valley, it has been prized as a source of the finest ports since the 1820s. Today it ranks among the great vineyards of the world. {+}


Quinta de Terra Feita
Quinta de Terra Feita
Like those of Vargellas, the wines of the beautiful old property of Terra Feita are an essential component of the Taylor Vintage Port blend. The wines of Vargellas, sophisticated and aesthetic, provide elegance and finesse with their wonderfully pure and complex fruit, characteristic scent of vio... {+}


Quinta do Junco
Quinta do Junco
The magnificent old estate of Quinta do Junco is among the most well-known of the historic Pinhão Valley vineyards. Many visitors first encounter Quinta do Junco when taking the winding road out of the village of Pinhão in the direction of Gouvães or Sabrosa. {+}


Tasting Notes more {+}
Intense ruby colour, now just beginning to open out. Rich, complete, multidimensional nose, displaying elements of both youth and maturity. Aromas of ripe berry fruit, liquorice and butterscotch with scented violet notes. The palate is now quite smooth and round with velvety well integrated tannins and masses of rich figgy fruit flavour. Warm mellow finish full of rich jammy fruit.
Tasting Notes
Intense ruby colour, now just beginning to open out. Rich, complete, multidimensional nose, displaying elements of both youth and maturity. Aromas of ripe berry fruit, liquorice and butterscotch with scented violet notes. The palate is now quite smooth and round with velvety well integrated tannins and masses of rich figgy fruit flavour. Warm mellow finish full of rich jammy fruit.
Accolades more {+}
Michael Broadbent MW, The Great Vintage Wine Book II
01-01-1991
Impressively deep, intense, plumy; rich, figgy concentrated nose, fairly sweet, full bodied, rich, good length, still hard but with that extra Taylor after taste. Great potential. 5 stars, potentially...
Accolades
Michael Broadbent MW, The Great Vintage Wine Book II
1991-01-01
Impressively deep, intense, plumy; rich, figgy concentrated nose, fairly sweet, full bodied, rich, good length, still hard but with that extra Taylor after taste. Great potential. 5 stars, potentially outstanding.
Port & Food more {+}
Matching Port & Food
Port is delicious served as an aperitif, with dessert or at the end of a meal. Matching Port and food isn't complicated, just follow your own taste and our simple guide. {+}
Port & Food
Taylor's