1980 Smith Woodhouse

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AHB
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1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 22:12 Sun 04 Jan 2015

From a half bottle with a label stating it was imported by Premium Port Wines. Red cedar in colour, quite light in pigmentation; 40% opaque and darker now that when first decanted. Raisins and brown sugar on the nose, with a slight hint of bottle stink. On the palate this leads with sweetened rhubarb acidity and an unattractive burnt sugar. Unpleasantly bitter on the late palate. Fiery on the aftertaste, showing unalloyed brandy, followed by a dry finish of burnt sugar and powdery icing but good length. Well past its best and now tertiary and simple. 81/100. Drunk 15-Nov-14. Decanted 16 hours.
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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by djewesbury » 02:42 Mon 05 Jan 2015

A cautionary tale. Don't leave those halves lying around too long…
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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by Andy Velebil » 05:03 Mon 05 Jan 2015

PPW is their American importer/arm of SFE. Where did you buy that bottle?


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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 07:45 Tue 06 Jan 2015

Andy Velebil wrote:PPW is their American importer/arm of SFE. Where did you buy that bottle?
It was one of the bottles I bought when I came over to see you a few years back. You kidnapped me and forced me to visit a bottle shop and to buy some port (entirely against my will, m'lud). I forget which shop it was, but it was the one which you said offered the best selection of ports round where you are. I bought a couple of these because they were good value.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by Andy Velebil » 15:00 Tue 06 Jan 2015

AHB wrote:
Andy Velebil wrote:PPW is their American importer/arm of SFE. Where did you buy that bottle?
It was one of the bottles I bought when I came over to see you a few years back. You kidnapped me and forced me to visit a bottle shop and to buy some port (entirely against my will, m'lud). I forget which shop it was, but it was the one which you said offered the best selection of ports round where you are. I bought a couple of these because they were good value.
Well, in that case lets say it was heat damaged and send it back :wink:

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