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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

1995 Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port

This was a Christmas gift so I'm not sure the cost – a very brief internet search found this to come up for at least $25.

The nose here is powerful – rich, dark, dried cherries covered in dark chocolate with espresso. Solid.

A lot of alcohol on the palate – definitely some burn – a bit of oak, but overall fruity and burny. Raisins, prunes, dried cherries, coffee, caramel, and orange – quite impressive. After the bottle has opened for a few days, it morphs slightly – quite a bit of vanilla starts to come through, and an interesting almost raspberry infused brandy quality comes through.

The wood lingers with some caramel and earthy notes on the finish.

A fantastic bottle – strongly recommended.

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