Smith Woodhouse 1947 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Smith Woodhouse 1947 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Mature colour. Subdued nose. Excellent, especially since it was from a cracked bottle!

Tasted at: TPF Christmas Tasting 2008

Date: 18th December 2008

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Very pale. Slightly stinky on the nose. In the mouth quite elegant but not quite as attractive as the previous one. Does Smith Woodhouse mature better in cracked bottles?!

Tasted at: TPF Christmas Tasting 2010

Date: 16th December 2010

Rated*: P

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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