Crisp, sweetly pungent aroma: tart berry, lemon, nut, aromatic wood. In the cup delicately rich acidity, silky mouthfeel. Continued tart yet lushly sweet berry notes with a hint of earth complicate the aromatic wood notes. Long, flavor-saturated finish.
By Kenneth Davids
January 5th, 2010
Sweet, round-toned aroma with distinct cherryish fruit and aromatic wood notes. Intense and complex in the cup; the cherry tones deepen and sweeten to dessert-wine complexity with complicating suggestions of dark chocolate, herb and flowers. The chocolate carries into a long, dry finish with continued hints of wood and Mediterranean herbs.
Intense, complex, roughly rich cup. In the aroma lush fermented fruit, moist fresh-fallen leaves and a hint of anise-like herb. In the cup the fruit ferment turns toward a minty, herb-nuanced dark chocolate or perhaps spiced apricot, with continued undercurrents of fresh earth and moist leaves. Complex, flavor-saturated finish shadowed by a very slight astringency.
Intense aroma: brandyish fermented fruit, sweet-toned flowers and aromatic wood. In the cup richly balanced; delicate fruit and floral top notes with deeper hints of earth, brandy-toned chocolate and aromatic wood. These deeper tones carry into a mildly but distinctly astringent finish.
Poised and balanced in aroma and cup, with cocoa-toned fruit, nut, aromatic wood, and a hint of mint-like herb. Delicately rich acidity, lightly syrupy body. The finish reveals a hint of astringency.
Cherry-toned chocolate and caramel notes in the aroma. In the cup the cherry sensation deepens to a sustained and rich apricot-like fruit. The sweetness carries into the finish, outlasting a slight touch of astringency.
A rich and chocolaty cup. In the aroma aromatic wood and roast-tinged chocolate. In the cup the chocolate rounds and sweetens with cherry tones, then turns dry and bittersweet in the finish, enlivening a mild woody flatness.
Balanced notes of pungent cedar, sweet-toned chocolate and a whisper of sage in the aroma. Intense in the cup: sherry, nut, earth and a continuing dry cedary or herb-like pungency, all persisting in the long, dry finish.
Rich, sweetly roast-dominated aroma and flavor. The charred aromatic wood character is softened by caramel, raisin and soft earth notes. The roast character carries into the finish, with a continued caramel sweetness that rounds and enriches a slight astringency.