Smith Woodhouse 2001 LBV Port
The color is an intense and deep ruby red. The nose is brimming with ripe red fruits,
and there are also soft and delicious aromas of black plums and hints of cherries. On the palate the wine is full bodied, with an exquisite and balanced structure full of finesse. The Smith Woodhouse LBV is already showing excellent bottle age characteristics and is now drinking very well, but will continue to improve over the coming years.
$40.00 / Bottle $480.00 / Case
Smith Woodhouse is a specialist producer of premium quality Ports made primarily from grapes grown in the vineyards of Quinta da Madalena, a small but very good 7 hectare property in the heart of Rio Torto Valley, long recognised as one of the best areas of the Douro. As a specialist producer, quality takes priority above all else. Only the best fruit is used, picked by hand and transported in small boxes to ensure the best possible condition of the grapes coming into the winery.
Rigorous selection standards and the low-yielding old vines of the Madalena vineyard combine to ensure that the quantity of Port bottled each year is very limited but of uncompromising quality.
Christopher Smith, Member of The British Parliament and Lord Mayor of London, founded a small company to ship Port from the Douro in 1784. Some years later the Woodhouse brothers joined him. Since 1970, Smith Woodhouse has been owned by the Symington family, Port producers since the 19th century.
The Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage is unlike the vast majority of all LBV's produced by most other producers. The Smith Woodhouse LBV is bottled without any fining or filtration whatsoever. This wine is then aged in bottle for a minimum of three years (often considerably longer) in the Smith Woodhouse cellars before being offered for sale.
This period of quite aging in the cellar is virtually unique to Smith Woodhouse and transforms the wine into one of the greatest Ports on the market, completely different from most other 'commercial ' LBV's. It is the bottle-maturation which allows the wine to develop outstanding style and complexity.