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Smith Woodhouse

Smith Woodhouse & C:a

Founded 1784
Owner Symington
Vineyards Quinta da Santa Madalena, Quinta Val Coelho
Vintage Port Brands Smith Woodhouse, Madalena

Christopher Smith, a prominent figure in the British wine trade and Member of Parliament, who was later to become Lord Mayor of London, opened offices in Oporto in 1784 to ship Port wine from the bar of the Douro. In 1810 Smith's son Newman took over and in 1818 were joined in partnership by the Woodhouse brothers, already well established as importers of wine from other regions, and the firm became known by its present name. Smith Woodhouse built a strong clientele for more than a century, but after World War II, in common with other firms, business became increasingly difficult. In 1960 W. & J. Graham bought Smith Woodhouse and then in 1970 the Symington family acquired the firm.

Smith Woodhouse owns Madalena Vineyard, which lies along the riverbed of the ‘Torto’, one of the tributaries of the Douro, famous for its top rated production. In fact the Rio Torto is acknowledged as having the highest concentration of top quality vineyards in the Douro.

Smith Woodhouse Vintages:1865, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1884, 1887, 1890, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1935, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011
Madalena Vintages:1988, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1963
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetLovely burned sugar, coffee, toffee and cacao in the nose.Score range17.00 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and on top. Sweet. Toffee and pharmacy in taste. Complex and wonderful port with a lovely and very very long finish.Average score17.25
Last tasted21st November 2013Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1966
ColourDark but with a yellow mature colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao and burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and on top. Not as complex as expected. Burned sugar in flavour and a nice quite long finish.Average score
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date15.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1970
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetCacao, coffee, toffee, cinnamon and old grocery shop in the quite complex bouquet.Score range15.00 - 16.75
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and on top. Sultan raisin, cinnamon and liquorice in taste. Elegant, balanced and quite complex with an attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.13
Last tasted1st May 2015Point this date16.75
CommentAt home with the family

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1975
ColourPale red and quite strange colour for a vintage.Number of tastings2
BouquetRoses, spring flower and old hospital in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Easy to like. Roses and flowers in taste. Rather complex with a nice finish.Average score15.88
Last tasted24th November 2016Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1977
ColourStill rather dark but mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetLovely nose with mulberry, sweet liquorice, herbs, crème caramel, coffee and some mint in the nose.Score range16.40 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some very soft tannin. Mulberry and liquorice in flavour. Will maybe still develop and be a little better. Balanced and quite elegant with long and generous finish.Average score16.78
Last tasted24th November 2016Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1980
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings10
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, candy, and old grocery shop in the nose. Not as generous and complex as used to be.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Quite mature almost peaking. Not so sweet as expected. Dark chocolate and cacao in taste. Elegant and complex with an attractive finish. This bottle was not as good as this vintage used to be and so low points have not been recorded before.Average score16.66
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1983
ColourStill very dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetToffee, dark chocolate, fudge, cacao, roasted coffee beans and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature and almost peaking. Toffee and dark chocolate in taste. Balanced and very elegant. Wonderful complexity and flavours. Elegant, long attractive finish. A great port now and will be probably better.Average score16.45
Last tasted18th March 2017Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2017 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1985
ColourStill quite dark but mature yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings20
BouquetCacao, dark berries, old grocery shop, cinnamon, coffee, Christmas spiciness and ginger bread in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and peaking. Gingerbread and dark chocolate in flavour. Complex and balanced with an attractive and rather long finish. Very easy to drink and like.Average score16.13
Last tasted21st September 2017Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1991
ColourYellow, mature amber in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetButterscotch, cacao, some sweet liquorice but also old vat and boots in the nose. Not quite fresh!Score range15.00 - 16.40
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still some very soft tannin and will probably be better. Balanced and quite complex. Not so sweet and with a nice finish.Average score16.70
Last tasted24th November 2016Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1992
ColourStill quite dark nut yellow, mature amber in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, butterscotch, liquorice, crème caramel, ginger, cacao and coffee in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still some soft tannin. Will be better. Complex and balanced port. Sweet. Lovely, long and attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted13th August 2016Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1994
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCoffee, tea and some cinnamon in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Still immature and tannic but easy to swallow, like and drink. Complex with a very promising and lovely finish. Will be great indeed.Average score
Last tasted3rd November 2003Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1997
ColourBlack in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetDark cherry, mulberry and dark berry in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.25
TasteFull-bodied. Rather mature but still tannic. Mulberry in flavour. Complex and balanced. Long very promising finish. Will be much better.Average score16.08
Last tasted21st December 2013Point this date16.25
CommentAt a Christmas trip to London with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage2000
ColourStill quite dark blue but with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetStill quite young in the nose with dark berry, black berry but also some sweet liquorice, toffee and butterscotch.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Quite mature and not as tannic as expected but will be better. Mulberry, sweet liquorice and dark berry in flavour. Balanced and quite complex. Easy to drink and enjoy with an attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.50
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage2003
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetButterscotch, fudge, cacao and toffee in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteAlmost full-bodies. Quite mature but still with soft tannin and will be better. Cacao and sweetmeats in taste. Balanced and complex port with a long and attractive finish.Average score16.38
Last tasted4th March 2017Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage2007
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and tannic. Mulberry in flavour. Sweet. Hard to swallow. Long promising finish.
Last tasted27th June 2009Rating this dateVery good / Impressive
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 trip to Douro.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI

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