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Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port 2002

$34.99

SKU 19983

750ml

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Smith Woodhouse is one of the only producers that makes a Traditional Bottle-Matured Late Bottled Vintage Port. The grapes are harvested in the fall and are fermented for a short period of time before the addition of 100% grape spirit alcohol. This step stops fermentation, preserves the wine's natural grape sugars, and gives it its unique richness. The wine is aged for four years in cask, then bottled unfiltered and aged for a minimum of five more years before its release.
Category Port
Varietals
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Brand Smith Woodhouse
Alcohol/vol 20%
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Wine SpectatorCreamy and rich, with layers of chocolate mousse, dark plum and cherry flavors. Offers minty notes and a suave finish. Drink now. 900 cases imported.

Kim Marcus, February 28, 2015
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Wine AdvocateThe 2002 Late Bottled Vintage Port is unfiltered field blend and was bottled in 2006 with a real cork, although dried out and hard to remove without crumbling on the bottles received. It comes in at 103 grams per liter of residual sugar. Given the cork circumstances, I will leave a "?" at the end of the rating, just in the exercise of caution, but it certainly didn't give much evidence of notable oxidation or decay typical of cork failures. It showed quite well all things considered. That means, apart from the dried cork, it also came from a vintage that I have generally thought was the worst since I've begun studying Portugal in detail. It still opened with a nice rush of sweet fruit, although also a bit of lanolin underneath. It did seem a bit lacking in concentration, a touch thin as it aired, and the grip on the finish was modest. There wasn't much left in the way of backbone, but it was capable of waking up with aeration and seemed livelier in time. Other than a slightly eccentric nuance in the background, that touch of lanolin, it still tasted great and even had a certain freshness to it. Overall, though, I'd still suggest drinking this up over the next few years, however long it theoretically holds.

Mark Squires, February 2015

Please Note: The Vineyard is not responsible for wine that arrives damaged due to heat or cold.