1985 Taylor’s Vintage Port 20.5%

1985 was widely declared, but generally regarded as an “average” VP year, rather than one of the greats. After the expected heavy sediment was decanted (and with just over 2 hours breathing), the wine was clear and its colour still more ruby than garnet, presenting as much younger than its true age.

1985 taylors vp

Aromatically, pronounced rose petal and pomegranate co-existed, with some sweet spices and light mocha – a highly encouraging set of characters. The spirit had integrated beautifully with the fruit after its extended bottle maturation; the alcohol did not intrude and the texture was supple and lip-smacking. The mocha was more apparent on the long palate, but this balanced wine is on an extended and delicious drinking plateau.

Drink to 2030; 94 points.

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