1983 Smith Woodhouse

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 14:13 Thu 23 Jul 2009

Deeply coloured wine, dark red and with a centre that was only just opaque. Quite a closed nose, shows sweet and pleasant with lots of cinammonand a bit of heat. Light texture, quite acidic entry but plenty of fruit and a good palate presence. Nice layers of complexity which never quite stop delivering, while all wrapped up in a soft milk chocolate. Quiet on the aftertaste, takes a long time to develop but then lasts a long time. 91/100. Drunk 21 July 2009 after 14 hours double decanting.
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 09:44 Sun 26 Jul 2009

A very dark brooding wine. Treacle and blackcurrant on the nose. Smooth and silky entry with blackcurrant and chocolate cherry truffle. Lots of tannin and a nice long finish.

My wine of the night.

Derek
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by uncle tom » 20:25 Sun 26 Jul 2009

A very nice wine, not quite in the same mould as some other SW's, and a tad short of full maturity.

Pipped by the Ramas Pinto '85 as my wine of the night, but not far behind.

Tom
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Re: 1983 Smith Woodhouse

Post by WS1 » 23:38 Tue 28 Jul 2009

Hi there,

I had this wine as Derek a couple of times before and I was never disappointed. Great Vintage Port that may get the critics to be not as complex as you would expect from a Smith Woodhouse as well as it tend to be quite tannic and strong in structure (in my humble opinion)
Still again one of the Ports I like but also prefered the Ramos Pinto 1985 that evening.

regards

WS1
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