1983 Smith Woodhouse

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1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 02:17 Fri 22 Jun 2007

3rd bottle from a case of 6 purchased 2 years ago - 1st note I have taken on this wine.

Cork broke in half - not even Alex could have saved this one as the bottom half shattered into a million pieces. Decanted very easily off surprisingly little crust. A deep purple colour in the decanter. The nose was initially very spirity.

+1 Hour
Still some spirit on the nose but now some black cherry breaking through. The entry is very smooth but quite light in the mouth. A huge burst of
black fruits developed into a small amount of heat and then came a nice long mouthwatering finish. A very promising start.

+4 Hours
The nose is now very sweet and the spirit has almost gone. Mouthfeel is
much thicker than before and the initial fruit burst is quickly replaced by some big tannins that linger into the finish. This is a far more robust proposition than at opening so I am back on the dry red for a couple of hours to see where it's going 8)

+6 Hours
The tannins have softened a litte but still dominating as they did at 4 hours. Now a nice big chewy mouthfull of dark chocloate cherry truffle - yummy 8)

Score: 6-7

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