Probably the best wine from a good, ripe though rather variable vintage: still deep at the centre with a thin tawny rim; lovely ripe plummy aromas, open but still brooding with more to reveal; ripe and fleshy on the palate with glorious plum and cherry fruit backed by firm ripe tannins leading to a powerful finish. Ready to drink now and will keep and develop in bottle for another thirty years at least! (in Decanter.com) Drinking range: 2021 - 2050 Rating: 97 Richard Mayson, www.richardmayson.com (Sep 2021)
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Deep garnet. A touch of spirit alongside lifted floral notes, with smoky minerality and underlying red fruit. Rich, sweet, full bodied and silky. Long, Christmas-cake finish, though the alcohol is again evident, taking this away from being in the top flight. Drinking range: 2010 - 2035Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Feb 2021)
The sweetness of the fruits gives a fleshy richness on the nose and a velvety lushness to the start of the palate. The mix of bramble and black cherry is underpinned by some fresher red fruits spiced up by eucalyptus and cinnamon but towards the back the powerful ripe fruits reappear fleshing out the long finish. 2009-26 Rating: 94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
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. 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. Rating: 96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2013)
Part of the Symington port 'empire'. Founded by Scotsman Andrew James Symington who arrived in Oporto in 1882 and initially joined Graham's.
The Symington family own other big names in the port industry such as Warre & Co, Dow's, and Cockburn's to name but a few, and are the largest vineyard ownership group in the Douro.
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