Broad, full and round. Possibly quite solid, but if it is, it is in the same sort of sense as describing a good piece of country furniture. Builds well. Fiery fruit, warm finish, and still round and precise. Nicely honest. Rating: 92 L&S (May 2013)
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Offers an aroma of violet, with powerful, concentrated and refined flavors of raspberry, kirsch, blueberry and spice. Lengthens out midpalate, showing fine grip and a luscious finish filled with cream, hazelnut and chocolate notes. Best from 2030 through 2060. Rating: 96 Kim Marcus, The Wine Spectator (Oct 2013)
Perpetually underrated, the 2011 Smith Woodhouse, which is founded upon very old vines at Quinta da Madalena in the Torto Valley, has a broody but intense bouquet of blackberry, kirsch, Oriental spices and a slight resinous note. It is very well-defined – but serious. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, and a lovely spice note at the side of the mouth that leaves the mouth tingling long after it has departed. Very harmonious and long, this is a wonderful Smith Woodhouse. Excellent. 1,000 cases declared. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2013)
Blackish purple. Nose wasn't very fresh even though there was masses of flattering, rose-scented ripe fruit on the palate. Attractive medium-term port but not as luscious as the other wines from this Symington stable. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2013)
In 1784, Christopher Smith, a wine merchant and Lord Mayor of London, founded a small company shipping Port from offices based in Oporto. In 1835 after Smith's death, the Woodhouse brothers joined the firm and Smith Woodhouse was created. Since 1970, the company has been owned and run by the Symington Family. The main vineyard for Smith Woodhouse is Quinta Madalena based in the Rio Torto which is in the heart of the Douro region and widely renowned for its high quality ports.
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