1983 Smith Woodhouse

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SushiNorth
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1983 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

Post by SushiNorth » 15:49 Mon 08 Jun 2009

+2 beautiful, clear garnet red color. Spirity nose, with lots of cherries. In the mouth, pruney with some anise, lots of heat, and tannins. Long finish.
+6 improving, there's a period where the spirits fade enough to really enjoy the wine, but there's a ton of grip to it too. It's very young. I find some chocolate in it. 91

Letting it sit in the glass certainly helps, and I think +6 to +8 is about right for it. However, the strong spirits are not relenting, and there's a bitterness that shows up after a long time in the glass.
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

Post by Axel P » 21:08 Tue 09 Jun 2009

Thanks, Glenn, just got an offer for elder super seconds from the Symintons.

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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

Post by g-man » 03:34 Wed 10 Jun 2009

I dont' have any formal notes but I thought this was very good as the night went on when the spirits started to subside
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

Post by SushiNorth » 14:50 Mon 27 Sep 2010

Just over a year later, I've opened another bottle from the same batch; it had a slightly more vegetal nose and flavor to it. We didn't drink it until 9-10 hrs after decant, at which time I found it was more bitter and still too spirity. My recommendation for this wine is Drink Now, Decant +6-7 max, and encourage folks to let it sit in their glass for 15-30 mins (which may just mean, pour in advance of serving the glasses).
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