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Date Printed: 3/26/2017
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 1983
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 1983
(search item no. 26400)

PRICE ON 3/26/2017: $55.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Only three to four times a decade are the climatic conditions ideal in the Douro Valley to produce a sufficient quantity of exceptional wines which will allow shippers to declare a Vintage. Vintage Port is aged in oak casks for two years before being transferred unfiltered to the bottle, where it has the potential to mature for decades. The 1977 is a classic Vintage with tremendous structure and fruit. This wine is a sheer delight and truly deserves its numerous accolades ... intense cherry aromas, full bodied with well knit tannins.
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About Smith Woodhouse:

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. Several years later Smith's sons 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 1970 the Symington family acquired the firm. Under the Symingtons' ownership Smith Woodhouse continues to make some of its finest Ports by the traditional methods, and has produced a succession of outstanding Vintage Ports in a characteristic opulent rich style, balanced by firm hard tannins. Most of the Smith Woodhouse wines come from the Rio Torto area in the Upper Douro, the majority of them still produced by treading the grapes by foot in stone lagares.