Intense, complex but elegant aromatics - flowers, chocolate, butter (or perhaps butterscotch), cherryish fruit - carry from nose through cup into the short finish. The acidity is gentle and balanced, the mouthfeel lean but delicate.
By Kenneth Davids
June 4th, 2007
Sweet-toned, soft aroma with flickers of flowers, chocolate and pear-like temperate fruit. In the cup quietly acidy, with a richly syrupy mouthfeel and a round, balanced structure. Continued flowers, chocolate and fruit, though in the cup the fruit is more honeyish date than pear. Simple, rich finish.
Deeply and sweetly acidy throughout the profile. In the aroma intensely floral with orange, honey and pipe tobacco. In the cup the mouthfeel is syrupy, the acidity cherry-toned and lush. Sweet, rich finish with fine flavor persistence in the short, slight astringency in the long.
The dry, crisply pungent berry character we call black currant gently dominates throughout the profile. In the aroma it takes on a light-red-wine-like character, while in the cup it is enveloped in a quiet background sweetness. Soft acidity, delicate body, simple finish.
Dominated throughout the profile by crisp, complex dry berry notes (think blackberries and cedar) with deep, sweet undercurrents of honey and chocolate that emerge with particular clarity as the cup cools. The tart berry notes also carry suggestions of dry, light-bodied red table wines.
A big, sweetly acidy coffee, with distinct floral and molasses notes in both aroma and cup. The body is medium but the mouthfeel silky and supple. Tart coffee fruit notes in the cup lighten and complicate a slightly tight finish.
Deep, smoky, sweet-toned aroma with cedar and orange tones and an herby note. In the cup medium-bodied with a tickle of acidity, crisply sweet, gently smoky, with continued deep-toned orange or perhaps tangerine tones. The finish continues sweetly roasty and free of astringency.
Sweet, gently bright, delicately balanced aroma: milk chocolate, honey, a hint of tomato and cedar. In the cup softly acidy, silky in mouthfeel, quiet in flavor with hints of chocolate that carry into a simple but roundly clean finish.
Very sweet throughout the profile. Nut and semi-sweet chocolate notes in the aroma. In the cup tart coffee fruit notes make a distinct and delicate lean toward chocolate. The tart cherry tones persist in the sweet short finish, fading toward astringency in the long.
Gentle, balanced, agreeably simple aroma, with distinct floral notes and a hint of milk chocolate. The floral tones carry into a soft, sweet cup with orange and a spice note that could qualify as cinnamon. Flattens a bit in the finish but remains sweet.
Low-toned and nut-like aroma with a hint of chocolate. In the cup round, simple but resonant, with fruit that carries hints of chocolate, red wine, orange perhaps. Rich and sweet in the short finish, a bit heavy in the long.
Low-toned, deep aroma with a tight-knit complexity: smoky chocolate, cherry. In the cup tartly sweet, with cherryish fruit laced with hints of chocolate and lemon. The cherry notes persist in the finish, fading toward a slight astringency in the long.