1988 Smith Woodhouse Madalena

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DRT
Graham’s 1948
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1988 Smith Woodhouse Madalena

Post by DRT » 00:18 Sat 03 May 2008

1st bottle from a bulk purchase for :tpf: members in March 08.

Emergency Decant
Well, not decanted at all :oops: - I opened this to avoid downing too much of the Delaforce 1960 that I will take to Tom's tomorrow. He will also benefit from the opportunity to taste this.

Closed nose but still at 12 degrees so should open up. Beautiful colour as always. A nice thick cherry truffle mouthfull. I love this stuff.

Derek
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Ernest H. Cockburn

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Post by AHB » 00:25 Sat 03 May 2008

I suspect that this is going to remain one of those unknown and undiscovered ports that never really makes the mainstream but when served blind (like you did to me) will really show its true potential.
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Post by DRT » 00:28 Sat 03 May 2008

AHB wrote:I suspect that this is going to remain one of those unknown and undiscovered ports that never really makes the mainstream
It will if I keep buying it all at £16 (ish) a bottle :lol:
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Post by uncle tom » 12:34 Mon 05 May 2008

Attending my birthday bash, Derek came well stocked..

I polished this off last night - classic, beefy SW signature, both on nose and palate - but a bit lacking in refinement. Slightly acquired taste needed here - not really my scene.

Might also benefit from a year or three more in the bottle. Score 4-5

Tom
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