2002 Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port

Year: 2002
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 87
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 20.0%
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"Creamy and rich, with layers of chocolate mousse, dark plum and cherry flavors. Offers minty notes and a suave finish. Drink now. 900 cases imported. –KM " (WS)

"The 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." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Smith Woodhouse is a specialist producer of premium quality Ports. The uniformity of this quality is underpinned by Smith Woodhouse’s own Madalena vineyard from where the wines are largely sourced. This small Quinta (vineyard property) has the highest “A” quality rating and is located in the Rio Torto district, acknowledged as one of the finest Port growing areas. Over the coming years, the recently acquired Quinta do Vale Coelho, further upriver in the Douro Superior, producing full and elegant wines, will gradually form an important component of Smith Woodhouse’s Ports.

This Late Bottled Vintage Port is produced in the traditional style, from the finest ports of a single good year. After 4 years of cask ageing, the wines are bottled unfiltered and cellared for an additional 4 years. This bottle ageing allows the wine to develop outstanding style and complexity, resulting in a deep purple-black Port with rich mouth-filling flavours of ripe fruit balanced by notes of black chocolate and peppery tannins. Smith Woodhouse Ports are produced in very small quantities by the Symington family, Douro winemakers for over 100 years. This Late Bottled Vintage should always be stored lying down.