1947 Smith Woodhouse

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AHB
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1947 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 00:10 Sat 20 Dec 2008

A deep orange-amber colour, the colour of liquid barley-sugars, glowing in its intensity. Intense orange citrus on the nose. Elegant entry, soft and balanced with lots of sugars and caramels coming through in the mouth, all accompanied by a concentrated orange zest. A little spirity and possibly in need of a little more time in the decanter to pull itself completely together. A long aftertaste of crepe suzette. 91/100.
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Re: 1947 Smith Woodhouse vintage port

Post by DRT » 09:37 Sat 20 Dec 2008

Very soft and smooth - thick texture with oranges on the nose and in the finish. Someone said "Cracking Port!" - he was correct.
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Re: 1947 Smith Woodhouse vintage port

Post by uncle tom » 20:49 Sat 20 Dec 2008

'Cracking port' - courtesy of Richard Cramp - was an unintentional pun, as I had discovered while decanting that the bottle was itself cracked across the shoulder (which only came to light when I sought to give the bottle a little gas pressure to assist the cork, only to see it start to leak..)

Despite being a cracked and badly ullaged bottle, most people rated this the wine of the night - myself included..

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Re: 1947 Smith Woodhouse vintage port

Post by JacobH » 22:45 Sat 20 Dec 2008

AHB wrote:A deep orange-amber colour, the colour of liquid barley-sugars, glowing in its intensity. Intense orange citrus on the nose. Elegant entry, soft and balanced with lots of sugars and caramels coming through in the mouth, all accompanied by a concentrated orange zest. A little spirity and possible in need of a little more time in the decanter to pull itself completely together. A long aftertaste of crepe suzette. 91/100.
I can’t really improve on Alex’s note, except to mention that there was an elegant subtly to the nose. The was one of the wines of the evening for me: thank goodness that that crack in the bottle did not prove terminal!
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