2011 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port (Previously $70)
*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.
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 Ė 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.
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.
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.