93 points Roy Hersh (For The Love of Port): "Dark magenta color that’s predominantly opaque, with a ruby edge. Deeply extracted and by far the most impressive color of any Port in either session. The nose was tight as a snare drum and remained reticent for well over an hour, regardless of coaxing. When it finally opened up later in the evening, there were grapy and cassis aromas and I had a strong suspicion this was the Smith Woodhouse, pure in its aromatic profile. The palate was delicious and intensely concentrated with dense, chewy sweet boysenberry and cassis fruit flavors; young, simple and nearly jammy, but with enough zippy acidity to keep it interesting, while possessing ripe and astringent tannins. In reality, this will drink better 1-2 decades down the road, as it is built for long term cellaring and will reward patience for those that enjoy a more mature affect. The finish was extra-long and smooth, but like the mid-section it lacked intricacy. Otherwise, it’s a wonderfully young Vintage Port. (4/20/13)"
92 points Wine Spectator: "Very impressive for its brute strength. Very deep, dark ruby, with a concentrated cassis nose, full-bodied, rich, powerful and nd oveoverflowing with fruit flavors and hard tannins. (1989)"
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