Learn more about 1985 North America
A superlative wine vintage, especially in California, with all varieties flourishing. Very good in Oregon, fair in Washington but unexciting.
The growing season offered no extremes and all weather factors combined for a textbook Merlot vintage. Fleshy, plummy, but with sufficient tannin and acidity for holding power, Merlots from 1985 stood for a new benchmark for the grape in California.