Gould Campbell 1985 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Gould Campbell 1985 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Rosy, fading to pink. Some fruit on the nose. Quite elegant. Slightly pencil / granite-like in the mouth. Quite dry, too. Some cherries and other fruits. Nice, though.

Tasted at: “Bring a Bottle”

Date: 6th May 2011

Rated*: C-


Tasting 2

No notes recorded.

Tasted at: Single Varietal Ports

Date: 8th September 2011

No rating.


Tasting 3

Notes: Bit lighter than the Dow 1983. Sweet, round black currants. Long aftertaste. Very nice.

Tasted at: The Crusting Pipe Offline

Date: 20th December 2011

Rated*: P+


Tasting 4

Notes: Bit darker than the last Gould Campbell 1985. Good porty nose. Some heat. Slightly fruit. Nicely rounded. A bit dry. Pretty good.

Tasted at: The Crusting Pipe Offline

Date: 8th September 2011

Rated*: P

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.

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