1988 Smith Woodhouse Madalena

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1988 Smith Woodhouse Madalena

Post by DRT » 22:35 Wed 23 Feb 2011

Consumed on Tuesday 22nd April, The Crusting Pipe, London at The Half Bottle Offline.

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Re: 1988 Smith Woodhouse Madalena

Post by DRT » 01:22 Fri 25 Feb 2011

Menthol on the nose - lots of heat - "fireside port".

My guess was Warre 1983.
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Re: 1988 Smith Woodhouse Madalena

Post by AHB » 14:19 Wed 02 Mar 2011

From a half bottle. Medium red colour, rose coloured rim. Coffee on the nose, with some mild blueberry fruit. Coffee and treacle impact, dry and tannic mid-palate. Hot and bitter, very dry. Lots of patience allows soft cherry candy to come through. Heat on the aftertaste; and patience suddenly reveals a lovely sweet candy finish. Guessed to be Taylor 1980. 86/100.
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