1983 Smith Woodhouse

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DRT
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1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 12:53 Sun 30 Nov 2008

On decanting
Very dark ruby red. Red cherry and a little spirit on the nose. Thick and chewy texturewith chocolate, dark fruits and lots of tannin. The finish is long but a little too hot at this stage. If the alcohol integrates well this will be yummy stuff later this evening :D

More later.
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 12:57 Sun 30 Nov 2008

Just checked my previous note on this wine and this bottle seems to have had a slighty better start than the last one did. Hoefully the outcome will be as good!
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 17:28 Sun 30 Nov 2008

+4 Hours
Some pepper on the nose and the spirit has gone. Thick texture with lots of dark fruits and a nice long chocolate finish. Syill a little heat but nothing distracting and just enough for to worm you on a cold night like to night.
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by benread » 17:51 Sun 30 Nov 2008

DRT wrote:+4 Hours
Some pepper on the nose and the spirit has gone. Thick texture with lots of dark fruits and a nice long chocolate finish. Syill a little heat but nothing distracting and just enough for to worm you on a cold night like to night.
"worm"....

An interesting property from a vintage port! Does it work on domestic pets too?
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 18:09 Sun 30 Nov 2008

benread wrote:
DRT wrote:+4 Hours
Some pepper on the nose and the spirit has gone. Thick texture with lots of dark fruits and a nice long chocolate finish. Syill a little heat but nothing distracting and just enough for to worm you on a cold night like to night.
"worm"....

An interesting property from a vintage port! Does it work on domestic pets too?
What can I say? It's been a long, tiring and emotional day :roll: :lol:
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 01:24 Mon 01 Dec 2008

+12 Hours
Yummy.
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 01:15 Wed 03 Dec 2008

This evening I am finishing off a half bottle of this that was placed in the fridge at the time of decanting. It really is a very nice VP and one that I would certainly buy again.

Derek
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by SushiNorth » 00:22 Fri 05 Dec 2008

What did you think about the bottle in the fridge vs the original decant?
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 13:10 Sat 06 Dec 2008

SushiNorth wrote:What did you think about the bottle in the fridge vs the original decant?
I do this with most of the bottles I open. With this one I found that the second half bottle showed almost exactly the same as my initial note taken at the point of decanting. There is no question in my mind that this method works. I think the longest I have left the half in the fridge is around 7 days, with no obvious deterioration.
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by uncle tom » 21:36 Sat 06 Dec 2008

SW83 is a somewhat rare beast in the UK - only two cases have come to auction (as far as I know) in the last three years here..

I am becoming increasingly convinced of the need to keep decanters cool after decanting, in order to obtain best results. I am seriously contemplating the investment of a second fridge, with the temperature set high - to about 11c - and most shelves removed, to accomodate a decanter or two..

Tom
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