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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

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1985 Château Palmer was clearly a favourite amongst the participants in the tasting, although here I actually concur with Robert Parker - it's a pleasant Margaux, but not the most complex wine of the vintage. You get the feeling that it doesn't fire on all cylinders. It has an appealing bacon fact and savory bouquet - a little smudged, but full of charm. The palate is fleshy on the entry, perhaps here with a touch of brettanomyces, the acidity nicely judged wit...
Price: $349.99

91 points Wine Spectator: "Greatness in subtlety. Clearly focused black cherry and vanilla character. It's full-bodied with medium tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. (JS)" (10/1994) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1985 Château Palmer was clearly a favourite amongst the participants in the tasting, although here I actually concur with Robert Parker - it's a pleasant Margaux, but not the most complex wine of the vintage. You get the feeling that it doesn't fire on all cylinders. It has an ap...
Price: $349.99

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Warre's Vintage Port (91WS, 90RP). Wine Spectator: "Ruby-colored, with grape, dark chocolate and plum. Full and chewy. Tannins are still there and need to mellow. Medium-sweet and grapey. A little one-dimensional still, but impressive. (JS, Web Only-2008)"
Starting Bid: $55.00

Bid on this 2-half-bottle lot of 1985 Toro Albala Don Pedro Ximenez Gran Reserva Montilla Moriles (375ml). This sweet elixir, produced from dried Pedro Ximenez grapes grown in area most famous for them near Cordoba, is pretty dangerous stuff. An añada, or vintage sherry, the aromatics are as complex as any great wine can be: smoky, sweet, and savory aromas lead to a palate full of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smoke and rum laced cake. Try this and you will see why Toro Albala is one of the best regarded producers of sweet wines in Spain.
Starting Bid: $67.00

Bid on this bottle 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: $188.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1985 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92JG). 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 sun still sets
Starting Bid: $270.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot 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, gent
Starting Bid: $120.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Niebaum-Coppola "Rubicon" Napa Valley Proprietary Red. Wine Spectator: "Concentrated and earthy, this is a full-bodied, moderately tannic but complex wine, from the earthy, spicy aromas through the ripe plum and anise flavors and minerallike finish." (11/1990)
Starting Bid: $130.00

91 points Wine Spectator: "I have always thought highly of this wine. It's ripe and fleshy, offering up loads of fruit and medium tannins. Delicious now, but will improve." (04/1995) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just approaching full maturity, this St.-Emilion offers a delicious combination of aromatics and flavors, including kirsh, cherries, minerals, and smoky oak, as well as a soft, medium-bodied, lush, mellow, and nicely textured palate. (RP)" (01/1998)
Price: $149.99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gorgeous wine young, but beginning to slip a bit as it approaches its 16th birthday, this wine showed wonderfully floral notes of framboise, violets, and cherries in its youth, but is beginning to lose some of the sweetness and fatness it had early on, and show a more structured, drying finish. (RP)" (01/2003)
Price: $99.99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It exhibits a healthy dark ruby color with no signs of age. The nose has not budged much from when it was first bottled. The delicate yet attractive fragrance of vanilla, herbs, cassis, and spices is followed by a sculptured, fruity, medium to full-bodied wine with crisp acidity, moderate tannin, and good depth. (RP)" (04/1995) Wine Spectator: "Tasted from magnum. A bit stalky, with raw, edgy tannins, but it holds together and there's enough cherry and currant fruit, along with herb and anise shadings, to hold your inter...
Price: $349.99

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Oddly enough, the 1985 Sassicaia was the wine least commented during the conversations that followed this retrospective. Our panel consisted of some two dozen professional wine tasters from around the world, and virtually not a word was uttered with regards to this wine. That's how truly outstanding it is. The soaring beauty of this landmark Sassicaia literally transcends the rather mundane realm of wine critique with its string of adjectives and wearisome descriptors. It hardly deserves to be treated like any o...
Price: $2,399.99

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: $5,000.00

94 points 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) 92 points John Gilman: "I have alwa...
Price: $1,399.99

The final 22 casks for the 1985 vintage matured in third fill bourbon barrels before being finished for 4 years in premium french oak. A true old glory given a shiny new coat from the gorgeous French oak. Only 4200 bottles produced for the domestic market only.
Price: $899.99

90 points Robert Parker: "The 1985 Lafite is revealing more class and complexity than I predicted. A moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb and berry-scented bouquet is attractive. The wine is open-knit and ripe, with fine tannins, sweet, medium-bodied, mineral, and cassis-scented flavors, fine depth, and a graceful, harmonious feel. It is beginning to blossom and appears to possess more depth and character than I had thought." (08/93) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A graceful wine with cedar, berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine ...
Price: $674.99

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Ceretto Bricco Rocche "Brunate" Barolo. 92 points Wine Spectator: "Despite the light color, there is plenty of concentration and complexity, a fine layer of tannin and many layers of plum, vanilla, raspberry, toast and anise flavors. A middle-of-the-road style that leans toward the traditional but has plenty of class." (01/90)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Ceretto Barolo "Bricco Rocche". 94 points from the Wine Spectator and just 410 cases were produced (09/88). Collectors take note!
Starting Bid: $200.00

1985 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero (1.5L)
Top Pick!
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...
Price: $1,199.99

Price: $64.99

Bid on this bottle of 1985 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht "Clos St-Urbain" Rangen de Thann Riesling Alsace.
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1985 Müller-Catoir Haardter Mandelring Rieslaner Auslese.
Starting Bid: $100.00