1995 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port

SKU #1274813 92 points Wine Spectator

 *Cellar Selection* A serious blackstrap of a wine, and better than the '94. Wild aromas of ripe berries, spices and cedar introduce a full-bodied, medium sweet, very concentrated young Port. It has plenty of tannin, but the fruit is dominating now. Wait and see its true glory, after 2008. (JS)  (4/1998)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Smith-Woodhouse often holds back their non-declared Vintages for late release. This ’95 is at the youthful edge of maturity, its texture evolved into silk, light and airy even as the generous fruit flavor remains brooding and dark. This contrasts black cherry sweetness with umami schist and mushroom savor in the tannins, lasting on earthiness. Lovely to drink now with queijo de Serra, this will continue to evolve for ten years or more.  (12/2012)

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- 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.


- 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.