Smith Woodhouse 1995 LBV: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Smith Woodhouse 1995 LBV. 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

No notes recorded.

No rating.

Tasting 2

Notes: Unfiltered LBV. I was worried this would be too mature but still darkly coloured and opaque; fading a little to purple-red. Intense concentration on the nose: some cherries perhaps with distant sugar and some flowers, too. In the mouth, not terribly expressive on first tasting. Still quite a lot of acidity and some tannins. It opens up to a more expressive mid-palate which has cherries and black pepper (which I think might be quite distinctive of Smith Woodhouse). The aftertaste is quite long with nicely rounded cherries. This probably needs another 5-10 years to reach proper maturity.

Date: 9th July 2020

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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