N.V. Smith Woodhouse Character Lodge Reserve Port

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Oporto
Country: Portugal
Vinous Media: 87
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.5%
Price :

"Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas of cassis, black cherry and dried herbs. Very rich, deep and sweet, verging on raisiny. Round in the mouth, then finishes fairly dry and quite firm, with lovely vinosity. A melange of spices, raisins and nuts on the aftertaste. Good value." (VM)

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.

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.

Made from Ports carefully chosen by our winemaker for their concentrated rich fruit style. On arrival at our lodges (wine cellars) in Oporto from the Upper Douro vineyards, the finest wines deemed to possess the required characteristics are carefully selected, subsequently blended and then left to age and mellow in oak casks.

Food pairing and serving:
Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve is delicious served at the end of a meal, for example with rich chocolate desserts, as well as strong cheeses like a creamy blue.

Port is best served in classic Port wine glassware or white wine glasses. Avoid cordial or liqueur glasses as they are too small to fully appreciate the wine’s aromas.