Intensely aromatic yet finely balanced. The rich aroma is dominated by a pungent cedar sensation with backgrounded caramelly chocolate sweetness and a hint of flowers. The chocolaty fruit and night floral notes move lushly forward in the cup, persisting into the finish. Soft acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel.
By Kenneth Davids
November 6th, 2009
Deeply complex, protean aromatics. In both aroma and cup a pungent fruit reads variously as black currant, raisin, dried fig, apricot, nut, dark chocolate. A hint of flowers. Brightly rich acidity, dense mouthfeel, long, tartly sweet finish.
Berryish fruit, sweet herb, dark chocolate in the aroma. In the cup, gently rich acidity, silky mouthfeel, continued spicy, berryish fruit and a distinct cocoaish dark chocolate. Clean, sweet, rich finish with a touch of dry herby astringency in the long.
Soft, round aromas of toast, nut, milk chocolate and vanilla. A balanced cup: smooth mouthfeel and intense flavors of fruity cherry-toned chocolate with hints of citrus and berry that fade toward a more powerful bittersweet chocolate character. A complex m?lange of fruit and chocolate carry into the flavor saturated finish.
An elegant and well-balanced cup. Full aromatically, with hints of fruit, baking spices and flowers. In the cup tightly knit, layered sensations, from bright orangy sweetness to round fruit-toned chocolate and flowers. A softly pungent bittersweet chocolate carries into the finish.
Pungently rich aroma, with dark chocolate and spicy cedar notes. In the cup round, roast-muted acidity, smooth mouthfeel, continued cocoaish chocolate and cedar notes with a hint of raisiny fruit. Long, flavor-saturated finish.
In aroma and cup soft, honey-like sweetness with round fruit tones and a hint of flowers. Bright acidity, medium body, silky mouthfeel, continued softly stated fruit and floral notes with an added hint of lemon. Finishes cleanly with a muted but rich pungency.
Sweet caramel-toned aroma with a mild roasty pungency and soft, backgrounded fruit. The sweetness and aromatic notes carry into the cup and complicate as the cup cools, revealing a distinct black currant and cherry-chocolate character. The pungent roastiness lingers softly in the finish.
Intense sweet-toned aroma, with complex citrus and floral character. The flowers turn distinctly toward jasmine in the cup, with a continued muted citrus and a hint of cocoaish chocolate. Bright, balanced acidity, medium body and a slightly lean mouthfeel. The quiet finish displays hints of toast and cocoa.
Subdued fruity aroma, with mild roasty notes, milk chocolate and toast. In the cup balanced acidity, soft mouthfeel, and round fruit flavors, hinting at black cherry that fade and sweeten toward chocolate. A slight tart astringency distracts from the otherwise pleasingly bittersweet finish.
Fruit and aromatic wood in the aroma, complicated by a hint of cocoa. Bright yet balanced in the cup with a lightly syrupy body, a distinct flavor note suggesting fresh-cut fir, a hint of grapefruit and a musty note that reads convincingly as fresh earth. Long, dry, slightly tight finish.
A rather dark roast develops charred fir, roasted nut, dark chocolate and pungent grapefruit notes in both aroma and cup. Roast-muted acidity, syrupy if slightly rough mouthfeel, good sweetness and flavor in the short finish, fading to a mild herby astringency in the long.
The sweet-toned aroma suggests butter, toast, raisiny fruit. In the cup, deep, roast-muted acidity, medium body, soft mouthfeel and straightforward flavors of molasses and nut-toned chocolate with a continued hint of dried fruit. A mild bittersweet chocolate character fades quickly in the finish.