1997 Smith Woodhouse

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AHB
Fonseca 1970
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1997 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 19:01 Wed 15 Feb 2012

Sold by the glass in El Vino, Fleet Street. Dark red in colour, solid rim, opaque centre. Closed on the nose, a touch of heat and a hint of blackcurrant. Fiercely acidic on the palate, but with a sweet dense fruit trying to get past. Light, slightly astringent tannins take a noticeable grip on the palate. Sweet cherry and black berry fruits dominate the aftertaste and finish. This is at least a decade away from being ready for drinking and is very unblanced. 81/100. Drunk 14 Feb 2012.
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Re: 1997 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 01:40 Mon 20 Feb 2012

Quite green on the nose - slightly tanky. Very dark, almost black. Big dark fruits on the palate medium weight. Good Port, but not great Port. Perhaps needs a few years to compose itself?
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1997 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 01:55 Mon 20 Feb 2012

"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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Re: 1997 Smith Woodhouse

Post by RAYC » 16:56 Tue 21 Feb 2012

I thought this was drinking rather nicely a couple of years ago.

However, the bottle at BBR in December was also a bit awkward (albeit showing much older than this bottle from El Vino's seems to have been)

In view of this, I will save my one bottle (courtesy of Zelandkh) for a little while.

Of course, if you decide you need to shift some of the bottles you acquired for £97 per case from BBR....i'm sure i could still be tempted!
Rob C.

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