1985 Smith Woodhouse

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1985 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 17:55 Sun 12 Jun 2011

BB&R own label bottling. Deep red with significant bricking; 85% opaque. Rich and full of the nose, with lots of dark cherry and cinammon. On the palate this is full bodied, powerful and well balanced. The generous level of fruit is supported by a ripe acidity and a hint of tannins, slightly hot and with lots of spiciness - deliciously complex. A big aftertaste, dominated by ripe fruit before giving way to an incredibly long and dry finish that is dominated by sweet cherry and dry cocoa powder. Terrific port that is in a great place for drinking today. 91/100. Drunk 11/6/11.
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Re: 1985 Smith Woodhouse

Post by RAYC » 08:18 Mon 13 Jun 2011

Out of interest, was this bottle from the stock that came on the BBR listings in the last four or five months?

I bought a couple of those - in part just in case the potential side-by-side comparative tasting mentioned here came to fruition!
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Re: 1985 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 18:58 Tue 14 Jun 2011

It was, indeed, from that parcel that came to market recently. It was so good that I must remember to provide JDAW with some on the next occasion so that he can experience for himself a good bottle of SW85.
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