I opened a '94 Smith Woodhouse LBV tonight..
I don't know what I was expecting, and while I'll keep posted on how things progress..
But after only 10 minutes I tried it, and was surprized how similar the experience is to when I tried a Dow '83..
The smell and taste upon opening was exactly like that of the Dow after it had been opened for 5-6 hours (Taste: Sweet, Fiji or Golden apple, with a bit of bitterness.. Medium body.. Pleasantly hot, especially on finish. Nose: Apples and alcohal, spicy)..
I was especially surprized that:
A) It was pretty much ready to go right out of the bottle (I'm sure a couple hours will take the rough edges off)..
The Dow was not drinkable till at least 5 hours had passed..
B) That the taste/nose was so similar.. I was expecting, from the TN's, etc. that I'd read, that a different Port house to have a different signiture.. A different taste, less sweet, less dry, different colour.. Something..
This Port, while having a bit less body than the Dow (again, this may change in a few hours), is virtually identical..
Now, I'm aware my lack of Port experience and sophistication and unrefined pallet is telling here, but...
I'm tempted to go the LBV route, now, seeing as how they are less expensive than the VP's..
I won't of course..
But I won't be writing LBV's off, as I thought I would be (I'd assumed, again, from the TN's, etc. I'd read) that they were inferior to VP's, and had purchased one to see for myself and confirm and compare).
Also, this is the second time my rabbit ear corkscrew proved absolutely useless at extracting the cork.. Again it was pushed in, and I had to put a pen in there to keep it away from the neck while I poured to get anything out..
An Ah So is the way to go, I'm guessing?
Why are my rabbit ears not working for Ports, like they do for other wines?