Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 2016 (Portugal) - [WS 97] [JS 96] [WE 94] [DC 92] [WA 91] [VM 91]

Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 2016
(Portugal) - [WS 97] [JS 96] [WE 94] [DC 92] [WA 91] [VM 91]


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About the Winery:
Smith Woodhouse Ports, Symington Family Estates
A boutique artisan producer, Smith Woodhouse was founded in 1784 and acquired by the Symington family in 1970. Madalena, its small 25-acre vineyard, is located in the Rio Torto Valley, an area known for having the highest concentration of top quality vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley. Smith Woodhouse Ports have outstanding length and structure, are drier than most, and age with an unmatched elegance.


Ratings & Reviews


97 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A serious Port in the making, with dark currant paste, warmed fig sauce and blackberry reduction flavors pouring through. The brambly grip is deeply embedded and there are gorgeous ganache and licorice snap notes hanging on the finish. Hefty and broad, yet this has cut and energy in reserve. Best from 2035 through 2055. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,500 cases made. - JM (Dec 2018)

96 Points - James Suckling:
"This is extremely floral with dark fruit and plum character. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. It's a complete young vintage Port that is great from start to finish. Rio Torto fruit makes this great! Better in 2022." (May 29, 2018)

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Full and rich, the wine has dark tannins and dense blackberry flavors. It is generous wine—juicy, perfumed and layered with impressive tannins. This is a wine with a long-term future, drink from 2028." - Roger Voss (12/1/2018)

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Entirely from Quinta da Madelena in the Torto Valley, primarily a field blend of old vines that were picked late. Open, fragrant, ripe cherry and floral fruit aromas with a touch or tar-like intensity. Well defined berry fruit on the palate with fine-grained, peppery tannins leading to a long sinewy finish. Middle-to-long distance wine, leaner in style than others from the Symington Estates." - Richard Mayson(May 29, 2018)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Vintage Port is an equal blend of old vines and Touriga Franca, coming in with 113 grams per liter of residual sugar. Fresher, livelier and lusher than the Warre's this issue—which is the most accessible of the Symington declarations—it is also going to be approachable relatively young. This is a fine Port, but it's not truly made for greatness. If it is not quite as rich and decadent as Warre's, it is more lifted on the finish, with a sunny feel and a more aromatic beginning. I liked them about equally well, but the styles are certainly different. Neither may be the best agers. Bottled in May 2018, there were 1,500 cases produced." - Mark Squires (July 2018)

91 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2016 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port represents the best production from the Quinta da Madalena vineyard, where picking did not begin until 28 September. It perhaps just lacks the same intensity and complexity of its peers with black truffle and smoke aromas infusing the black fruit. The palate is well balanced with a spicy, stem ginger tinged opening that shows much more promise than the nose. I admire the tension here, a nimble and agile Vintage Port that gathers weight towards the finish. Fine, but perhaps a more short-term proposition than its peers." - Neal Martin (June 2018)