2011 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port (Previously $70)

SKU #1141262 96 points Wine Spectator

 *Highly Recommended* Exhibits an aroma of violet, with powerful, concentrated and refined flavors of raspberry, kirsch, blueberry and spice. Lengthens out midpalate, showing fine grip and a luscious finish filled with cream, hazelnut and chocolate. Best from 2030 through 2060.  (2/ 2014)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Perpetually underrated, the 2011 Smith Woodhouse, which is founded upon very old vines at Quinta da Madalena in the Torto Valley, has a broody but intense bouquet of blackberry, kirsch, Oriental spices and a slight resinous note. It is very well-defined – but serious. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, and a lovely spice note at the side of the mouth that leaves the mouth tingling long after it has departed. Very harmonious and long, this is a wonderful Smith Woodhouse. Excellent.  (6/ 2013)

92 points James Suckling

 A young vintage Port with an earthy and spicy character. Full body, very sweet with round and chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Serious intensity. Try in 2021.  (5/ 2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright medium ruby. High-toned aromas of dark berries, licorice, spices, minerals and sexy oak. Broad and lush on the palate, showing an almost liqueur-like quality but also lovely vibrancy to its black raspberry and floral flavors. This very intense, elegant port finishes with nutty, supple tannins and excellent saline persistence. Has the depth and density to gain in complexity with extended bottle aging but it's not especially tough to taste even today.  (6/ 2014)

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Other Red Wines

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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Port

- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.
Alcohol Content (%): 19