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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, 2016
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.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.

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.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdal Private Collection.
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, Denmark.

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 tastings12
BouquetLovely nose with cream candy, sweet liquorice, herbs, crème caramel, coffee, some cacao and a hint of mint in the nose.Score range16.40 - 17.50
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some very soft tannin. Will maybe still develop and be a little better. Balanced and quite elegant. Toffee and cacao in taste with a long and generous finish.Average score16.78
Last tasted27th March 2018Point this date16.75
CommentAt home in our Private Wine Club.

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 tastings12
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, candy, toffee, fudge and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 17.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Quite mature almost peaking. Sweet and balanced. Dark chocolate, candy and cacao in taste. Elegant and complex with an attractive and very long finish. A lovely port indeed. Just enjoy it!Average score16.67
Last tasted5th November 2018Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, 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 in colour.Number of tastings22
BouquetCacao, old grocery shop, cinnamon, toffee, Christmas spiciness, candy and ginger bread in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.75
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and almost peaking but still with some soft and elegant tannin. Will probably be better. Gingerbread, cinnamon and a lot of other things in flavour. Complex and balanced with an attractive and rather long finish. Very easy to drink and like. Lovely port indeed!Average score16.16
Last tasted3rd March 2018Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
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, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1992
ColourStill quite dark but yellow, mature quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetToffee, butterscotch, some herbs, liquorice, crème caramel, plums, cacao and coffee in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Quite mature but still some soft tannin. Will be better. Complex and balanced port. Sweet. Lovely, long and rather attractive finish.Average score16.38
Last tasted8th November 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage1994
ColourStill quite dark ruby with a hint of yellowness in the rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetVery nice with black berries, dark berries, some spiciness, cacao and some coffee in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Still a bit immature with delicate tannins and easy to swallow, like and enjoy. Dark berry, cacao, some roasted coffee and spiciness in taste. Complex with a very promising and lovely finish. Will be great indeed.Average score16.80
Last tasted11th February 2019Point this date16.90
CommentIn the Wine society 18% tasting in Malmö.
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, UK with the family,
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage2000
ColourStill quite dark ruby but with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetMature bouquet of sweet liquorice, toffee, some cacao, dark chocolate and butterscotch.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Quite mature and not as tannic as expected but will be better. Cacao, sweet liquorice and dark chocolate in flavour. Balanced and quite complex. Easy to drink and enjoy with an attractive and quite long finish.Average score16.42
Last tasted5th November 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage2003
ColourStill quite dark but with a yellow mature edge in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetButterscotch, fudge, cacao and toffee in the nose and maybe some dried fruit.Score range16.25 - 16.50
TasteAlmost full-bodies. Quite mature but still with soft, very delicate tannin and will be better. Cacao and sweetmeats in taste. Balanced and complex port with a long and attractive finish.Average score16.35
Last tasted5th November 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, 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, Portugal.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
HouseSmith WoodhouseVintage2016
ColourDark ruby almost black in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetMulberry, blackberry, blue berry but also ginger bread and Christmas spiciness in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature with lots of elegant tannins. Balanced and very tasty with mulberry, black berry, ginger bread and Christmas spiciness in the mouth with a long, exciting and promising finish. Will be wonderful to follow.
Last tasted2nd March 2019Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentTasted at a Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.

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

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