1997 Smith-Woodhouse Vintage Port

SKU #240086 90-94 points Wine Spectator

 This young Port has plenty of berry, floral and bark aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, lightly sweet and very tannic, with an outstanding finish. This has grip.  (7/1999)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby. Shy aromas of black fruits, licorice and spices. Pliant, moderately sweet and medium-bodied; black cherry-dominated flavors are ripe but not overly so. Rather elegantly styled, with ripe acids and supple tannins giving the wine good vinosity and backbone. Finishes with good length and grip.  (6/2000)

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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.
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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.