This Late Bottled Vintage Port is produced in the traditional style, from the finest ports of a single very good year. By definition, ‘traditional’ means that
after 4 years of cask ageing, the wines are bottled unfiltered and cellared for, at least, an additional 4 years before being released for sale. It is this bottle
ageing that allows the wine to develop outstanding style and complexity, resulting in a deep coloured Port with rich mouth-filling flavors of ripe fruit balanced by notes of black chocolate and peppery tannins. This 2004 has benefitted from longer than usual bottle maturation, nine years in Smith Woodhouses’s own cellars. Smith Woodhouse Ports are produced in very small quantities by the Symington family, Douro winemakers for over
Showing the benefits of maturity, with a core of gently steeped plum, blackberry and black currant fruit that slowly morphs into warm ganache, singed cinnamon stick and mulled wine accents on the finish, all while keeping its energy up.
Straight up-and-down delicious, this is a Port that’s ready to drink, focused on flavor dimension rather than hyperconcentration. It’s gentle and refined, with a smoky edge to its bright plum and bitter almond flavors, chocolate and chestnut undertones lasting in the finish. Pour it with a savory plum-and-almond tart.