1994 Smith Woodhouse

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1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by jdaw1 » 12:35 Wed 05 Mar 2014

A horizontal of 1994 and a G83 were tasted at Bordeaux Index, 10 Hatton Garden EC1N 8AH on Tuesday 4th March 2014, in the presence of Richard Mayson, as arranged by Michael Schuster of MichaelSchusterWine.com.

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Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by jdaw1 » 12:56 Wed 05 Mar 2014

SW94. Dark purple-red, 80% opaque. Slight mustiness on the nose, also the SW signature of lemon. Palate had dark plum and lemon. Very soft, mid weight, mid length. Needs 5+ years.

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Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by flash_uk » 14:01 Wed 05 Mar 2014

Very excited to be posting my first tasting note!

80% opacity, dark red, slight clouding on rim, some legs. Nose, whisky (?!) some pepper, spice with dark fruit, plum, behind then rubber. Initially some heat and acidity, falling away to a more velvet long tingly finish with some tannin at the end. Not much structure.

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Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by jdaw1 » 15:18 Wed 05 Mar 2014

flash_uk wrote:Very excited to be posting my first tasting note!
Team excitement — this behaviour is much encouraged.

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Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 00:59 Thu 06 Mar 2014

Dense black fruit - some mint on the finish - good port.

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Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by djewesbury » 22:42 Thu 06 Mar 2014

24 hour decant. 75%, minor pinkishness in a dark ruby, small rim. Nose has spirit, not huge fruit, spice, otherwise quite closed. Mouth has soft plum juice, juicy finish, some dry cedar late on, but not a great deal more. Tight, austere. When JDAW said lemon, enthusiastically, I tasted it again, and lo, at the front of the mouth I thought there might be a little lemon.
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Re: 1994 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 12:17 Wed 26 Mar 2014

Deep red, younger on the rim than the Gould Campbell; narrow rim. Closed on the nose, showing very little. Sweet fruit, lots of gentle tannins supporting the palate with good persistence. The fruit persists throughout the palate despite the power of the tannins. A long finish, full of dried red peppercorns and charcoal tannins that accompany the fruit. This doesn't have the density of fruit of some of the other 1994s, but is a very nice port. 87/100. 23 hour decant.
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