1977 Smith Woodhouse

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1977 Smith Woodhouse

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Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 23:43 Thu 28 Dec 2017

Deep red, less black in tone than the Gould Campbell, 95% opaque. Little on the nose, a shade of bottle stink with hints of blackcurrant and coal dust. Sweet, smooth entry but little fruit at first. Lots of tannins wrap around a sweet strawberry core. Lots of tannins, still dry and rowdy. The sweet strawberry dominates the late palate and air releases a pleasing amount of fruit. Strawberry chew aftertaste, which merges into a long dark chocolate finish full of tropical fruit. This is big, lovely, fruity port that is certainly big, but could never be described as well balanced. 92/100. 19-Dec-17. Decanted 4½ hours.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Post by Andy Velebil » 05:49 Fri 29 Dec 2017

How come it could never be described as balanced?


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Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 09:36 Fri 29 Dec 2017

Good question. It just never had the poise and elegance that most of the others possessed. The other 1977 ports were soft, sweet and spiced with cloves with the acidity and tannins melding nicely together to deliver a very satisfying palate. The SW (and GC) we’re both unintegrated - everything was in the Port, but not in a way that was smoothly combined. It was just slightly awkward drinking.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Post by Andy Velebil » 12:02 Sat 30 Dec 2017

AHB wrote:
09:36 Fri 29 Dec 2017
Good question. It just never had the poise and elegance that most of the others possessed. The other 1977 ports were soft, sweet and spiced with cloves with the acidity and tannins melding nicely together to deliver a very satisfying palate. The SW (and GC) we’re both unintegrated - everything was in the Port, but not in a way that was smoothly combined. It was just slightly awkward drinking.
Thanks. Do you think this and the GC just need more time to come together or do you think they'll stay somewhat awkward?

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Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Post by flash_uk » 17:58 Sat 30 Dec 2017

75% opacity, dark red, near purple. Concentrated dark fruit on the nose. In the mouth, young, tannic, with dark fruits. Lovely port, and you get the feeling that it hasn't settled down yet so will be interesting to see where the SW77 is at in 10 years from now.

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Re: 1977 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 12:18 Sun 31 Dec 2017

Andy Velebil wrote:
12:02 Sat 30 Dec 2017
AHB wrote:
09:36 Fri 29 Dec 2017
Good question. It just never had the poise and elegance that most of the others possessed. The other 1977 ports were soft, sweet and spiced with cloves with the acidity and tannins melding nicely together to deliver a very satisfying palate. The SW (and GC) we’re both unintegrated - everything was in the Port, but not in a way that was smoothly combined. It was just slightly awkward drinking.
Thanks. Do you think this and the GC just need more time to come together or do you think they'll stay somewhat awkward?
I honestly haven't a clue. I've a couple of cases of each so I really do hope it comes around, but only time will tell. And who knows how long will be needed? But it's still a pretty good drink so I'm not too worried.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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