Smith Woodhouse Port Blend Porto Vintage 2007

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93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...the finest young vintage I have tasted from this fine property. The bouquet is very, very floral and compelling, as it jumps from the glass in a blend of violets, black cherries, plums, dark chocolate, very gentle black pepper notes and a nice base of soil... full-bodied, deep and very suave, with an early silkiness that is very appealing, coupled to ripe, fine-grained tannins and superb length and grip on the complex finish... this is clearly the sleeper Port of the vintage of the examples that I have tasted. It should offer remarkable value. 2025-2100. (Jul/Aug 2009)

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Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its beauty is the result of many centuries of work by the river Douro itself, carving steep, towering banks into the landscape, and by the inhabitants of this region, who centuries ago undertook the nearly impossible task of planting vineyards here. Forming terraces on these rocky slopes was difficult eno... Read more
Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its beauty is the result of many centuries of work by the river Douro itself, carving steep, towering banks into the landscape, and by the inhabitants of this region, who centuries ago undertook the nearly impossible task of planting vineyards here. Forming terraces on these rocky slopes was difficult enough, but the harsh climate and limited rainfall, characteristic of the Douro Valley, made the work of winemaking a difficult enterprise indeed. The rewards of this labor are the superb wines of the Douro, wines that have taken their place among the best in the world. Smith Woodhouse wines come from the Upper Douro, famous for its top rated production. The majority of the wines are still produced by treading the grapes by foot in stone lagares. Smith Woodhouse’s wines are largely sourced from the Madalena vineyard. This small Quinta (vineyard property) has the highest “A” quality rating and is located in the Rio Torto district, acknowledged as one of the finest Port growing areas. Over the coming years, the recently acquired Quinta do Vale Coelho, further upriver in the Douro Superior, will gradually form an important component of Smith Woodhouse’s Ports. Read less

Member Reviews for Smith Woodhouse Port Blend Porto Vintage

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Snooth User: Roy Hersh
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3.50 5
Vintage: 1994 07/16/2007

Dark ruby color. The alcohol distracted me from appreciating the floral and red fruits aromatics here. Dry in profile with smooth raspberry and blueberry fruit and quite easy to approach and enjoy due to submissive tannins. Although attractive this is not a big wine but it is really well-balanced which brought up the scorecard. Drink now through 2025.


Snooth User: mgpilk
57719611
2.50 5
Vintage: 1983 09/11/2010

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Lmfjr
602365132
3.50 5
Vintage: 1970 10/07/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Smith Woodhouse Port Blend Porto Vintage

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/21/2011

A classic vintage for Port; a cooler growing season means fruit is less assertively dried or jammy. Notes of espresso, violets and black currant are unavoidable ont he palate and nose. Made exclusively from one harvest at the house's Qunita, or small vineyard in the Rio Torto. Following 2 years in oak, the wine is transfered unfiltered to bottle, where it can mature for decades. It is during this long bottle ageing that the young wine becomes Vintage Port.


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Vintage: 2000 05/11/2010

Deep dark ruby colour. Wonderful liftedaromas of 'esteva' and roses. Very maturefruit imparts raisin flavours and a thick cassisstructure. Layers of ripe fruit promise well forthe future.


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Vintage: 2000 01/29/2009

Wine Spectator Now we are talking. Wow. Aromas of licorice, flowers and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lovely smooth, fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Greatest young Vintage Port of Smith Woodhouse I have ever


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Vintage: 2000 12/10/2010

Now we are talking. Wow. Aromas of licorice, flowers and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lovely smooth, fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Greatest young Vintage Port of Smith Woodhouse I have ever tasted. Best afte... Wine Spectator. A Port wine from in Portugal. 2000 Smith-Woodhouse Vintage Port 750ml


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Vintage: 1994 09/22/2010

An under-rated producer, Smith-Woodhouse has turned out a port with an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color. This powerful port is moderately sweet, forward, rich, and full-bodied, with nicely integrated alcohol and tannin. While it is not o... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Port wine from in Portugal. 1994 Smith-Woodhouse Vintage Port 750ml


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
Vintage: 1994 10/19/2010

Moderately sweet, richly textured and eminently elegant, this is an exceptional release from an often underrated house.


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Vintage: 1992 01/29/2009

Wet earth, stemmy and ripe fruit character. Fresh; medium in body and sweetness, offering fine tannins and a long finish.


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93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...the finest young vintage I have tasted from this fine property. The bouquet is very, very floral and compelling, as it jumps from the glass in a blend of violets, black cherries, plums, dark chocolate, very gentle black pepper notes and a nice base of soil... full-bodied, deep and very suave, with an early silkiness that is very appealing, coupled to ripe, fine-grained tannins and superb length and grip on the complex finish... this is clearly the sleeper Port of the vintage of the examples that I have tasted. It should offer remarkable value. 2025-2100. (Jul/Aug 2009)

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