1980 Smith Woodhouse

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1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by jdaw1 » 15:18 Sat 19 Nov 2011

A triple vertical of Gould Campbell, Smith Woodhouse and Quarles Harris, at the RAF Club on Thursday 17th November 2011, in honour of the 30th Birthday of the organiser. Links:

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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by jdaw1 » 22:56 Sat 26 Nov 2011

SW80. Red, 90% opaque. Nosing of lemon grass and cherry. To taste light, with heat, and with lemon. Too light. Though thin, long and very pleasant.

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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by WS1 » 11:34 Sun 27 Nov 2011

very dark red, spicy on the nose, somehow lemon grassy, green beans, really tasty, very elegant port, very long aftertaste, good structure and balance. Overall a very good port!
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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by AHB » 23:47 Sat 03 Dec 2011

Dark red, 99% opaque. Quite closed on the nose, with a touch of rhubarb and brambles. Modest fruit on entry, but plenty of structure from the gentle tannins. Fruit builds up nicely, but is held in check by the acidity and tannins. A serious palate, but lacks just a little fruit. Empty aftertaste and a dry finish that has a woody fruitiness to it. This would certainly benefit from a few more years in the cellar. 88/100.
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Re: 1980 Smith Woodhouse

Post by DRT » 21:44 Wed 25 Jan 2012

Very dark - red liquorice on the palate with a slightly hollow finish.
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