Smith Woodhouse Porto Vintage 1997
Classic Vintage Ports are only declared in exceptional years when conditions have been perfect and wines of outstanding quality are produced. Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port is made exclusively from one harvest at our vineyards in the Rio Torto, one of the finest vineyard areas in the Douro Valley. Following 2 years in oak, we transfer the wine unfiltered to bottle, where it can mature for decades. It is during this long bottle ageing that the young wine is transformed into a magnificent Vintage Port. Shared with family or friends at special occasions, celebrations and parties, Vintage Port makes the moment memorable.
Lots of cedar and rich dark fruit. It's only been decanting for 3 and a half hours. I suspect it will improve with more decanting (or more time in the bottle had I not opened it). It's a very solid vintage port at a fairly low price point ($55). I've certainly had better, but it's alright.
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A flattering warmth fills this wine, from the scents of hot baked spices (cinnamon and cumin) to the soft, needling tannin. There's virtually no grip, so it's fat and soft to the touch, but the smooth texture makes it a simple beauty, lingering with gentle red fruit and warm spice. Accessible now, and probably ready at eight to twelve years from the vintage.
Opaque black-ruby to a purple rim. Medium-bodied. Mildly tannic. Black fruit, flowers, chocolate. Aromatic, soft and lush with a surprisingly open-knit structure. Pleasant floral style makes for short term cellaring.
Lots of bramble notes, roasted aromas, pure, concentrated blackberry in the nose; really black-purple color, smooth, good structure, and medium sweet.
I have always had a soft spot for the Vintage Ports of Smith-Woodhouse. This is a secondary Port house for the Symington family, falling behind Graham, Warre and Dow among others, but it often makes better Vintage Ports than the big-name marquees of the family. It did just that in 2000. The young Port shows loads of licorice, flowers, and crushed blackberries on the nose and palate. Itrsquo;s full-bodied and medium-sweet, with lovely smooth, fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Greatest young vintage of Smith Woodhouse I have ever tasted. Best after 2014.
A flattering warmth fills this wine, from the scents of hot baked spices (cinnamon and cumin) to the soft, needling tannin. Therersquo;s virtually no grip, so itrsquo;s fat and soft to the touch, but the smooth texture makes it a simple beauty, lingering with gentle red fruit and warm spice. Accessible now, and probably ready at eight to twelve years from the vintage.
A serious blackstrap of a wine, and better than the rsquo;94. Wild aromas of ripe berries, spices and cedar introduce a full-bodied, medium sweet, very concentrated young Port. It has plenty of tannin, but the fruit is dominating now. Wait and see its true glory after 2008.
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 one of the vintagersquo;s blockbusters, it should be ready to drink in 3ndash;5 years and keep for 15ndash;20. Anticipated maturity: 1999ndash;2018.
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