1985 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

SKU #1181082 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My experience with Smith-Woodhouse is limited. Is the 1985 the sleeper of the vintage? An astonishing amount of creamy, black-cherry and chocolate-scented fruit fills the nose. On the palate, this full-bodied wine is loaded with extract, great length, and has super finish with plenty of fruit and tannin in proper balance. (RP)  (1/1989)

Wine Spectator

 I have tasted this blind with all the other big-name '85s and it often holds its own. Medium deep ruby, with lovely violet aromas, full-bodied, with plenty of grip, full tannins and a powerful finish. (JS, Web-1989)

K&L Notes

Produced from fruit grown at their two estate vineyards, primarily Quinta da Madalena in the Rio Torto, this 1985 is a lovely vintage port, showing all the balance and drinkability that I love in this vintage. Red fruited aromas of cranberries and pomegranate show hints of candied orange and nicely spiritous, fully mature character. On the palate, this wine is balanced, perhaps delicate by some peoples' standards of vintage port, but nonetheless delicious, a very solid 1985. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

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