1997 Smith Woodhouse

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1997 Smith Woodhouse vintage port

Post by AHB » 08:30 Sat 10 Dec 2011

Light red, 30% opaque. Subdued nose, showing a little fruit. Soft impact, with sweet fruit and cocoa tannins; surprisingly little acidity. Soft aftertaste with a gentle finish of good length built around the chocolate tannins and a hint of spearmint. Apparently one to drink sooner rather than later. 84/100. Drunk 1 Dec 2011.

Part of the 2011 Berry Brother's Port Walkaround tasting that included Quinta de la Rosa White Port served with Fever Tree tonic and lemon, Berry's Crusted bottled 2004, Quinta de la Rosa 1997 colheita, Berry's William Pickering 20 year old tawny, 1997 Quinta de Roeda, 1997 Gould Campbell, 1997 Quarles Harris, 1997 Smith Woodhouse, 1997 Fonseca, 1997 Taylor, 1994 Vesuvio, 1994 Warre, 1994 Dow, 1994 Graham, 1985 Fonseca, 1985 Taylor, 1977 Dow, 1977 Smith Woodhouse (magnum), 1977 Taylor, 1970 Gould Campbell, 1970 Graham, 1963 Dow and 1963 Warre.
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RAYC
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Re: 1997 Smith Woodhouse vintage port

Post by RAYC » 12:51 Mon 12 Dec 2011

I have had much better bottles of this - i have had three other bottles over last 18 months is usually a port in the 89-91 region for me. Whilst not one for super-long term cellaring, i would imagine this will still be good in 10 yrs *** (86)
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