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Vintage 1980

This vintage is a classic Vintage with 31 houses i.e, almost all producers declaring it. It was a good vintage and their good qualities has never been questioned, but have been shadowed by 1977, 1983 and 1985. It was a wet winter and spring but a dry and hot summer and picking started in the end of September. The wines were firm with well-focused fruit and lovely backbone and they were deep purple and fruity, rich in tannins, and with a good aging capacity.

Broadbent gave this vintage *** out of 5*, Suckling 87 points out of 100 and we rank it as ‘Very good’. See more info about the vintage 1980 here.

The Wine Society 18% had a Great Tasting 3 April 2014 of the vintage 1980 of 25 Houses. We were 18 participants. The tasting was semi-blind i.e. we know which houses participate but not what we had in the glass.

Tasting notes. Note that the points are for the actual bottle tasted. Read about how we set point on the page "How to understand our points valuations"

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HouseBarros AlmeidaVintage1980
ColourBeautiful yellow mature in colour.
BouquetToffee, burned sugar, candy and roasted coffee in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Very sweet. Burned and in flavour. Quite complex and balanced with a long and attractive finish. Will not be better but lovely to enjoy now.
SAI point15.50JB point15.50SS point15.50Group point15.03
SAI rank20JB rank17SS rank18Group rank21
CommentSAI and SS had a split ranking
HouseBerisford Duoro Wine Shippers and Growers AssociationVintage1980
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetBurned sugar, coffee and candy in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Matura and peaked Burned sugar in taste. With some unbalanced acidity but quite elegant. Easy to drink and like and with a nice finish but will not improve so drink up and enjoy.
SAI point14.90JB point15.00SS point15.00Group point15.07
SAI rank23JB rank20SS rank21Group rank20
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseDowVintage1980
ColourStill very dark blue but with a yellow rim. Astonishing colour.
BouquetGenerous bouquet of candy, mulberry, ginger, cinnamon and spiciness.
TasteFull-bodied. Complex but still soft tannins. Dry. Spiciness in flavour. Balanced but elegant and powerful. Long way left to go. A keeper and will be better. Lovely finish and future. Astonishing port!
SAI point17.00JB point16.90SS point16.90Group point16.57
SAI rank6JB rank8SS rank6Group rank10
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseFonsecaVintage1980
ColourMature yellow colour.
BouquetGinger bread, cacao and brown sugar in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Sweet but will not be better. Elegant. Easy to drink but not much back bone. Quite nice finish. Will not improve so drink up.
SAI point16.00JB point14.75SS point15.00Group point14.77
SAI rank15JB rank24SS rank21Group rank24
CommentSAI and SS had a split ranking
HouseGould CampbellVintage1980
ColourStill very dark blue with a yellow rim in colour.
BouquetComplex coffee, tea, cherry and mulberry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Very fruity with mulberry and cherry in taste.. Still tannins and will improve but is a balanced and elegant port. Quite attractive and with a rich and wonderful finish.
SAI point17.00JB point17.25SS point17.25Group point17.17
SAI rank6JB rank2SS rank4Group rank3
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseGrahamVintage1980
ColourStill very dark with a yellow rim in colour.
BouquetMulberry, dark cherry, fudge and ginger in the nose.
TasteFull bodied. Mulberry and dark cherry in flavour. Still some soft tannin and may improve a little but rather mature. Complex and quite elegant. Balanced with a long and wonderful finish. Lovely port.
SAI point17.25JB point17.00SS point17.40Group point17.00
SAI rank3JB rank4SS rank3Group rank4
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseHutchesonVintage1980
ColourYellow mature colour.
BouquetLovely coffee, cacao, toffee and dark chocolate in the bouquet.
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Elegant and balanced with cacao in taste. Complex, long and lovely finish. Attractive port indeed.
SAI point16.00JB point15.00SS point16.00Group point15.10
SAI rank15JB rank20SS rank14Group rank19
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseKopkeVintage1980
ColourQuite dark but beautiful mature yellow in colour.
BouquetCrème caramel, candy, toffee, fudge and cacao in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Cacao and candy in taste. Elegant and balanced port with a long lovely, attractive finish. Easy to enjoy and drink.
SAI point16.50JB point16.25SS point16.50Group point15.37
SAI rank10JB rank13SS rank8Group rank18
CommentSAI and SS had a split ranking
HouseMartinsVintage1980
ColourYellow mature, quite beautiful in colour.
BouquetCrème caramel, candy and fudge in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Elegant and balanced with fudge and candy in taste. An attractive and interesting finish.
SAI point15.75JB point15.40SS point15.50Group point15.50
SAI rank19JB rank18SS rank18Group rank16
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking
HouseNiepoortVintage1980
ColourStill very dark blue in colour with just a yellow rim.
BouquetCrème caramel, toffee, violet and spring flowers in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Very tasty but still with some soft tannins. Crème caramel and violets in taste. Elegant, balanced and impressive port with a very long, wonderful and attractive finish. What a port!
SAI point18.00JB point17.50SS point17.90Group point17.20
SAI rank1JB rank1SS rank2Group rank2
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseOffley Boa VistaVintage1980
ColourMature yellow still rather dark in colour.
BouquetOld grocery shop, toffee and crème caramel in the nose.
TasteRather full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Old grocery shop in taste. Elegant port. Balance and an attractive finish. Very good indeed but is on top and will probably not be better.
SAI point16.40JB point16.00SS point15.75Group point15.97
SAI rank13JB rank14SS rank17Group rank13
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HousePedro Lopez Duoro Wine Shippers and Growers AssociationVintage1980
ColourQuite beautiful, yellow and mature in colour but quite dark.
BouquetCandy, hazelnuts and very nutty in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and elegant. Nuts in flavour. Easy to drink and like with an attractive but not so long finish. Will not be better so just enjoy it.
SAI point15.25JB point15.00SS point15.90Group point15.70
SAI rank22JB rank20SS rank16Group rank14
Comment
HouseQuarles HarrisVintage1980
ColourBeautiful, mature yellow in colour.
BouquetDelicious and generous mature nose of toffee, fudge candy, ginger and dried figs.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking but with still some very soft tannin. Will be even better. Wonderful taste of toffee and fudge. Elegant with a long nice balanced and delicious finish. Wonderful port now!
SAI point16.50JB point16.40SS point16.50Group point16.67
SAI rank10JB rank12SS rank8Group rank8
CommentSAI and SS had a split ranking
HouseQuinta do Bomfim DowVintage1980
ColourStill very dark blue with a yellow rim.
BouquetBlackberry, mulberry, dark cherry and very fruity in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Lovely tannins and will still improve. Very tasty and impressive. Sweet berry and mulberry in taste. Balanced and elegant with a wonderful and long finish. Quite extraordinary port.
SAI point17.25JB point17.00SS point16.75Group point16.60
SAI rank3JB rank4SS rank7Group rank9
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseQuinta do Cachao MessiasVintage1980
ColourTawny in colour.
BouquetQuite sky with toffee, candy and old hospital in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Very light port. Toffee in taste. Mature and peaking, even maybe a bit old. Very easy to drink anyhow.
SAI point14.50JB point14.90SS point14.90Group point14.93
SAI rank24JB rank23SS rank23Group rank23
Comment
HouseQuinta da Corte DelaforceVintage1980
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.
BouquetCandy, fudge, toffee and burned sugar in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Mature and peaking with burned sugar in flavour. Balanced port and easy to drink and enjoyed but quite short finish. Drink up, will not improve.
SAI point15.90JB point16.00SS point15.25Group point14.97
SAI rank17JB rank14SS rank20Group rank22
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseQuinta da Foz CalemVintage1980
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetToffee, coffee, crème caramel and sweet candy in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Crème caramel in taste. Elegant and balanced. A love, attractive port with a nice finish. Will not be better but enjoy it now!
SAI point16.40JB point15.90SS point16.50Group point16.03
SAI rank13JB rank16SS rank8Group rank12
CommentSAI and SS had a split ranking
HouseQuinta do Noval NacionalVintage1980
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetHerbs, fudge, cinnamon and spring flower in the nose.
TasteQuite full- bodied. Mature and peaking. Balanced and elegant with herbs and cinnamon in taste. Very complex port and a wonderful, attractive and long finish.
SAI point17.00JB point17.00SS point16.25Group point16.10
SAI rank6JB rank4SS rank13Group rank11
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseQuinta da Roeda CroftVintage1980
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetDried fruit, roasted nuts and burned candy in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Balanced. Quite elegant but maybe a little short finish. Easy to drink and enjoy. Will not be better so drink up.
SAI point15.50JB point15.40SS point14.75Group point15.47
SAI rank20JB rank18SS rank24Group rank17
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseRamos PintoVintage1980
ColourStill very dark and blue in colour with a yellow rim.
BouquetCinnamon, mulberry, cherry, forest and dark berry in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Still with some tannins but elegant and balanced. Will surprisingly improve. Mulberry and blackberry in taste. Old style of port with an attractive finish. Impressive Ramos Pinto!
SAI point16.50JB point16.50SS point16.00Group point16.80
SAI rank10JB rank10SS rank14Group rank6
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseReal Vinicola Real Comp. VelhaVintage1980
ColourMature yellow in colour.
BouquetUnbalanced. Alcoholic and vinegar in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature. Acidic and vinegar in flavour. Unbalanced finish. I have had a decent bottle in 1988.
SAI point10.00JB point9.50SS point11.00Group point12.67
SAI rank25JB rank25SS rank25Group rank25
Comment
HouseRebello Valente RobertsonVintage1980
ColourYellow mature in colour.
BouquetCandy, dark berry, fudge and fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Fudge in taste. Balanced and easy to drink and like with an attractive finish. An elegant port.
SAI point15.90JB point16.50SS point16.50Group point15.51
SAI rank17JB rank10SS rank8Group rank15
CommentSAI, JB and SS had a split ranking
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1980
ColourStill very dark blue with yellow rim in colour.
BouquetDried fruit, mulberry, dark cherry and chocolate in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some soft tannin. Sweet berry and mulberry in taste. Elegant and complex. Will be better. Wonderful finish. What a port!
SAI point18.00JB point17.25SS point18.00Group point16.73
SAI rank1JB rank2SS rank1Group rank7
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseTaylorVintage1980
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature colour.
BouquetLovely generous nose of burned candy, violets, toffee, mulberry, ginger and cinnamon.
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature and almost peaking but still some soft tannins. Sweet. Elegant and balanced. Fudge and violet in taste. The finish is complex, long and attractive. Quite astonishing port!
SAI point17.25JB point17.00SS point17.00Group point16.97
SAI rank3JB rank4SS rank5Group rank5
CommentSAI and JB had a split ranking
HouseWarreVintage1980
ColourStill rather dark blue but also a yellow rim in colour.
BouquetMint, menthol, dark cherry and ginger in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but still a bit immature with soft delicate tannin. Sweet. Complex and balanced port and it will develop more. Very attractive and long finish. Will be nice to follow indeed.
SAI point16.75JB point16.90SS point16.50Group point17.37
SAI rank9JB rank8SS rank8Group rank1
CommentJB and SS had a split ranking

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