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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (RP)" (01/1989) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark color, with intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with superrefined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This...
Price: $149.99

93 points John Gilman: "I have had this wine a number of times out of half bottle over the last few years, and it is a lovely drink in the smaller-sized format. However, in 750 ml. it is not even remotely near ready. The nose is deep and still rather reticent in this size, reluctantly offering up a fine mix of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, a bit of tar, violets, smoke and spicy wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and very well-delineated, with a rock solid core of fruit currently buttoned up tight behind a wall of ripe tannin. The finish is long...
Price: $129.99

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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (RP)" (01/1989) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark color, with intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, lightly sweet, with superrefined tannins. Long and caressing. Very youthful. Will improve for a long time. This...
Price: $139.99

96 points Decanter: "A troublesome vintage for many shippers, but Fonseca 1985 never fails to impress: tight-knit, dense and minty with a core of concentration and pure berry fruit. Succulent, wonderfully fresh and vibrant at 30 years old. Peacock’s tail of a finish. A real ‘wow’ of a wine that promises to last a lifetime. (RM)" (11/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of drie...
Price: $109.99

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of walnuts, dried fruit and raisins. Surprisingly rich and powerful. Yet medium-bodied now. Concludes with a nutty finish. Beautiful. Drink now." (01/2017) 93 points Vinous: "The 1985 Dow’s Vintage Port has a gorgeous, very pure bouquet with mulberry, leather, terracotta tiles on a warm day, and hints of clove all beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced with supple tannin, lightly spiced on the entry, touches of liquorice and black pepper, curry powder and ginger with a very harmonious and long finish. Th...
Price: $99.99


95 points John Gilman: "The 1985 Cheval Blanc is a beautiful bottle of young wine that still needs several years of cellaring to fully reach its apogee and start to show all of its multi-layered complexity. The bouquet is deep and clearly destined for profundity, but still a tad primary in its mélange of dark berries, menthol, tobacco leaf, gravelly soil tones, smoke and a touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still quite tight, with a great core of pure fruit, impeccable focus and balance, ripe tannins and great length and g...

95 points John Gilman: "The 1985 Cheval Blanc is a beautiful bottle of young wine that still needs several years of cellaring to fully reach its apogee and start to show all of its multi-layered complexity. The bouquet is deep and clearly destined for profundity, but still a tad primary in its mélange of dark berries, menthol, tobacco leaf, gravelly soil tones, smoke and a touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still quite tight, with a great core of pure fruit, impeccable focus and balance, ripe tannins and great length and g...

Jancis Robinson: "De Boüard’s first vintage, and already aged on the lees. Sweet and rather gorgeous and with some freshness. Kerpow! There is a bit of decay but also liquorice." (11/2011) Wine Spectator: "Very concentrated, with plum and cassis character and a hint of nuts. It's full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and loads of coffee and fruit on the finish. Better after 1996." (10/1994) K&L Notes: 90 points Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Farr Vintners’ vertical from ex-chateau magnum. The 1985 has declined since I tasted it five ye...
Price: $499.99

95 points John Gilman: "I remember well selling (and drinking) the 1986 Único when it was first released back in the 1990s, but I had somehow missed the 1985 vintage. This wine was included generously by John Chapmen at our New York tasting, as an “addition” to be tasted blind after we had worked through our lineup of known vintages, and it was excellent. The cépages of the 1985 included no Albillo, but was otherwise pretty much a classic blend for this era: seventy percent Tempranillo, twenty percent Cabernet Sauvignon and the remaining ten percent spli...
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Bid on this 3-magnum lot of 1985 William Hill "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (92WS). Wine Spectator: "Still very young, concentrated and dryingly tannic, but the ripe cherry and strawberry fruit peeks through the tight structure. Very tight and tough now, but the length of the finish and beauty of the fruit bodes well. " (11/1988)
Starting Bid: $180.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1985 Carmenet Sonoma Valley Bordeaux Blend. The original Carmenet winery was literally dynamited into the rocks of the Mayacamas mountains, above Sonoma Valley, and was a much-watched brand in the 1980s and 1990s. Later known as Moon Mountain, the site is now Repris, while the brand name has long passed out of the hands of the former Chalone Wine Group. Sonoma wine history in a bottle!
Starting Bid: $170.05

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 J.L. Chave Hermitage (97DC, 95JG, 91RP, 91VN). Decanter: "The 1985 vintage brought a lot of people back to the region', says Jean-Louis Chave, and this wine demonstrates why. It has a strong sense of sweet decay to the aromatics, with earthy raspberry and kirsch. It's full-bodied with intense acidity just poking out a little now, but helping to hold it up where the tannins have started to fray. It's still bright and juicy with intense raspberry on the palate along with autumn leaves. Impressive. Drinking Window 2019 - 2030 (MW)" (06/2019)
Starting Bid: $630.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (96RP, 96VN, 95WS, 91BH). Vinous: "The 1985 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a breathtaking bouquet with wild strawberry and raspberry fruit, hints of wild mint, brine and a touch of wild fennel. There is astonishing precision and focus in situ here. The palate has a balletic sense of balance that marries with the fruit intensity this growing season bestowed its fines wines. I am quite taken aback by its youthfulness and finesse, supple in texture with pastille-like red fruit that fan out on the sappy finish, traces of bay leaf on the long aftertaste. Despite being now over 30 years old, I feel that this Clos de la Roche could still improve over the next 10 or 15 years. Tasted at Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris. (NM)" (07/2018)
Starting Bid: $4,095.00

Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1985 Simi "Reserve" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94WS, 90RP). Wine Spectator: "Dense, rich and complex, this wine keeps unfolding with every sip, offering coffee, cherry, nutmeg, plum, and then herb and currant flavors and a velvety texture. *Top 100 of 1990; Spectator Selection* " (08/1990)
Starting Bid: $225.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Robert Mondavi "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92JG). John Gilman: "The 1985 Mondavi Cabernet reserve bottling contained twelve percent Cabernet franc and six percent Merlot in this vintage, and was aged in one hundred percent new oak. It weighs in at 13.1 percent alcohol, making it still a very classic vintage of this wine in terms of ripeness. I tasted two bottles of this wine for this article, with the first shipped to New York by the winery for a retrospective tasting, and which showed impressive complexity, but with slightly disjointed acidity on the backend that suggests less than fully successful acidulation in this era of 'sculpted wines.' The second bottle, which had been in a good friend’s cellar since its release was very polished and classy, and decidedly more interesting than the bottle flown in from Oakville. The bouquet is a complex and classy blend of black cherries, dark berries, a touch of chipotle, tobacco leaf, coffee, gentle bas
Starting Bid: $75.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1985 Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (91WS, 90RP). Wine Spectator: "Deep and concentrated with rich, compact currant, plum, cassis fruit that's sweet and fleshy yet tightly wound, lush yet firm and tannic. It's beautifully proporitoned, deliciously fruity, complex, finishing with toasty oak. Best yet from Laurel Glen. " (04/1998)
Starting Bid: $196.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (95RP, 95WS, 94ST, 93JG). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted single blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Château Lynch Bages was pitted against two other wines, both First Growths, and it more than held its own. In many ways it is a forerunner for the brilliant 1989 and 1990 that Jean-Michel crafted, though the 1985 has always been more elegant and comely in style. The nose is impressive after three decades with melted tar, a touch of peppermint and delineated black fruit that seem to gain intensity with each passing moment in the glass. Strangely those secondary notes of bay leaf and dried herbs make way for more primal fruit-derived scents with aeration! The palate does not disappoint. Medium rather than full-bodied, beautifully defined tannins and supremely well-judged acidity, this Lynch-Bages is just so well balanced. Hints of black truffle and sandalwood unfold towards the finish that has disarming purity and g
Starting Bid: $480.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Domaine Ponsot Clos De La Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (98RP, (94-97VN), 95BH, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The irregular Ponsot estate turned out a great portfolio of 1985s, the finest of which is the Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes. There is no color degradation in this saturated dark ruby-colored 1985. The spectacular aromatics display scents of caramel, blackberry and cherry fruit, smoke, dried herbs, and leather. Fleshy and succulent, with an expansive, chewy texture, outstanding purity, and a long, lusty finish, this is a terrific example from Ponsot. It should drink well for 10-12 years, perhaps longer. (RP)" (02/2002)
Starting Bid: $6,245.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Domaine Ponsot Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru (96RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Latricieres-Chambertin had a level of concentration more akin to vintage port or 1982 red Bordeaux than burgundy. It is wilder and more structured and tannic than the Chambertin. (RP)" (12/1989)
Starting Bid: $1,585.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (90CG, 90RP, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley offers up a whiff of herbs in its tight nose, followed by chocolatey, spicy, black-cherry, and cassis flavors, an exotic, medium to full-bodied, concentrated palate, and moderate tannin in the lusty finish. It does not possess the definition and structure of the Napa cuvee, but it is more forward and fleshy. These All-American Cabernet Sauvignons continue to be 'can't miss' propositions with the majority of Cabernet lovers. (RP)" (12/1996)
Starting Bid: $85.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Taylor Vintage Port (93JG, 93WS, 91VN). Wine Spectator: "Medium ruby. Beautiful aromas of flowers and fresh plum, with hints of stems. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with gorgeous silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is just starting to come around and offers wonderful flavors. Long life ahead, but ready to try. (JS, Web Only—2008)"
Starting Bid: $225.00

Bid on this magnum of 1985 Caymus "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (92JG, 90WS). John Gilman: "1985 was the penultimate vintage at Caymus before the wholesale shift in priorities at this Napa winery in 1987, when making money seemed to take over precedence from making great wines. For those who are too young to remember the changes, starting in 1984, the Wagner family had begun producing a third Caymus bottling of cabernet sauvignon, which they dubbed 'Napa Cuvée' and which was produced exclusively from purchased grapes. The bouquet is blossoming very well, though still a few years away from its true peak, offering up scents of black cherries, sweet cassis, dark soil tones, cigar smoke, a touch of mint and a discreet base of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very well-balanced, with a fine core of fruit, good focus and grip, still a bit of backend tannin remaining to soften up and a long, complex and classy finish. The world has not crumbled and the
Starting Bid: $170.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port (90RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My experience with Smith-Woodhouse is limited. Is the 1985 the sleeper of the vintage? An astonishing amount of creamy, black-cherry and chocolate-scented fruit fills the nose. On the palate, this full-bodied wine is loaded with extract, great length, and has super finish with plenty of fruit and tannin in proper balance. (RP)" (01/1989)
Starting Bid: $120.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92VN, 90RP). Vinous: "(13.4% alcohol; 32% Chabot, 39% State Lane and 29% St. Helena; the fruit was picked at the end of September and beginning of October): Medium red with some amber at the rim. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, truffle, underbrush and flint. Sweet and a bit wild, showing terrific retention of candied raspberry and plum fruit. This concentrated wine is a step up in texture and depth of fruit from the earlier vintages. Strong but integrated acidity gives it definition and lift, with the long finish showing broad, tongue-dusting tannins. (ST)" (07/2015)
Starting Bid: $225.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Maison Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru (94RP, 92JG, 90BH). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1985 Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin is a classic example of a grand cru from the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation. The color is still very dark ruby, and the bouquet has just begun to release secondary aromas of grilled meats, leather, and baked red and black fruits. The high tannin levels may cause some to think the wine is rustic and rough-edged, but there is sensational concentration of fruit, a deep mid-palate, and a spectacular, long, opulent, tannic finish. (RP)" (12/1992)
Starting Bid: $880.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru.
Starting Bid: $1,250.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (95RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fresh, lively notes of spice box, roasted herbs, black currants and plums are followed by a dark, broodingly backward wine with impressive richness, full body and a long finish displaying light to moderate tannins. The acidity is more vibrant and noticeable than in other vintages, but the wine has more than sufficient lushness and extravagance of fruit and glycerin to balance out the structural components. This beauty should continue to drink well for another 15-20+ years. (RP)" (11/2013)
Starting Bid: $370.00

Bid on this bottle of 1985 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru (100WS, 96RP, 95JG, 95VN, 94BH). Wine Spectator: "A truly great wine. Amazing concentration, brimming with focused cherry, plum, smoke and cinnamon flavors, all tied together into a harmonious package that keeps echoing and changing with every sip. Beautfiully smooth but firm on the palate, it has the uncanny feeling of power with no weight, only mass. *#3 Top 100 Wines of 1988* (HS)" (02/1988)
Starting Bid: $2,930.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 La Maison Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Beaumonts" (93BH). Allen Meadows - Burghound: "While there is the initial hints of bricking, the nose is still quite fresh with pretty spice, stone and secondary fruit aromas leading to rich, detailed and equally mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a focused, delicious, mouth coating and impressively lingering finish. I very much like the underlying sense of harmony and overall balance and unlike many '85s that are tiring today, this is going to be with us for years to come." (10/2010)
Starting Bid: $227.22

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Silverado Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91WS). Wine Spectator: "Bursting with boysenberry and raspberry fruit, firm, lean and lithe, with toast and chocolate on the finish, a racy wine in a lively package. Drinkable now, but the tannins will come on in a couple of years, so if you don't get to it soon, wait. *Spectator Selection*" (11/2008)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 1985 Hess Collection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91WS). Wine Spectator: "Beautifully balanced, loaded with tar, cherry, toasty oak flavors, good concentration, crisp acidity, firm, supple tannins, fine structure and good length. Has all the elements for greatness. " (11/1998)
Starting Bid: $140.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Graham's Vintage Port (96RP, 96WS, 94JS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (RP)" (01/1989)
Starting Bid: $240.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Maison Roche de Bellene Corton-Renardes Grand Cru.
Starting Bid: $140.00

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