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1985 Taylor-Fladgate

Lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


95The Wine Advocate

(Neal Martin's Wine Journal) ...ripe blackberry, raspberry coulis, black olives & a certain minerality to it. Very fresh & well defined... black cherry, fig, raisin with a hint of savoury fruit... great length & refinement.

90Wine Spectator

Extremely understated and closed, it starts out slowly but finishes quickly. Deep ruby-purple, with berry and cherry aromas and flavors, full-bodied, very tannic and hard. Great future

16Jancis Robinson

***/**Michael Broadbent flavour, with Taylor firmness and backbone. Time in hand (April 2000); ..fragrant, sweet, showing well... (April 2002)



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