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Shoppers Vineyard USD 28.99 750ml

Smith Woodhouse Porto Late Bottled Vintage 1995

Member Review by hoopdriver:

Sophisticated and wild, off-sweet, with black licorice and plum up front; predominantly slate-mineral feel in the mouth and finishes brilliantly -- smooth cracked pepper draw with notes of hard candy; cries out for a chocolaty Cuban cigar; absolutely lovely though perhaps too understated for many buying a $30 port. Drinking well in 2010 and probably well beyond.

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Smith Woodhouse:
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

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Snooth User: hoopdriver
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07/29/2011

Sophisticated and wild, off-sweet, with black licorice and plum up front; predominantly slate-mineral feel in the mouth and finishes brilliantly -- smooth cracked pepper draw with notes of hard candy; cries out for a chocolaty Cuban cigar; absolutely lovely though perhaps too understated for many buying a $30 port. Drinking well in 2010 and probably well beyond.


External Reviews for Smith Woodhouse Porto Late Bottled Vintage

External Review
Source: Bowery And Vine
02/05/2011

A deep garnet port with rich mouth-filling flavors of ripe fruit, balanced by notes of black chocolate and peppery tannins.


External Review
Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

The Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage is unlike the vast majority of all LBV's produced by most other producers. The Smith Woodhouse LBV is bottled without any fining or filtration whatsoever. This wine is then aged in bottle for a minimum of three years (often considerably longer) in the Smith Woodhouse cellars before being offered for sale. This period of aging in the cellar is virtually unique to Smith Woodhouse and transforms the wine into one of the greatest Ports on the market, completely different from most other 'commercial ' LBV's. It is the bottle-maturation which allows the wine to develop outstanding style and complexity, resulting in a deep garnet Port with rich mouth-filling flavours of ripe fruit, balanced by notes of black chocolate and peppery tannins.


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Source: WineChateau.com
05/11/2010

The colour is an intense and deep ruby red.The nose is brimming with ripe red fruits,and there are also soft and deliciousaromas of black plums and hints ofcherries. On the palate the wine is fullbodied, with an exquisite and balancedstructure full of finesse. The SmithWoodhouse LBV 1995 is already showingexcellent bottle age characteristics and isnow drinking very well, but will continueto improve over the coming years.



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