Bright, pungent, complex. Fresh-cut fir, tartly sweet berry – strawberry, blackberry, cranberry – ripe orange and tomato in aroma and cup. Richly balanced acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Very sweet, deeply flavor-saturated finish.
By Kenneth Davids
September 5th, 2011
Sonorously bright acidity and lush yet delicate aroma and flavor: flowers, orange, nut, fresh-cut fir with a rounding hint of milk chocolate. Silkily smooth mouthfeel. The finish is sweet but crisp, dominated by an orangy chocolate.
Strikingly distinctive profile: lavender-like flowers, crisp baker’s chocolate, strawberry-like fruit, richly pungent cedar. Crisply balanced acidity; silky, buoyantly lively mouthfeel. Rich, lavender-toned chocolate in the finish.
Price: $17.00/16 ounces
Superb balance and complex, distinctive aromatics. Richly pungent, sweetly tart structure with cocoa-toned berry – blackberry, black currant – and hints of orange and fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Quietly rounded acidity; silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long, smooth and flavor-saturated.
Rose-like flowers hover over a richly tart black currant note – think grapefruit fused with blackberry – in both aroma and cup. Crisp, delicately rich acidity with a hint of bite; silky mouthfeel.
Rich, wine-like acidity drives an orangy cedar and night-floral aromatic in aroma and cup. In the cup additional suggestions surface: peach, chocolate. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Tart but deeply rich, fruit-saturated finish.
Honey, sweet clover and multi-layered, grapefruit-like citrus in aroma and cup. Brightly tart acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Suggestions of berry complicate the cup. The finish is rich, with a zesty citrus enveloped by continued honeyish sweetness.
Delicately complex: almond, orange, peach, a hint of milk chocolate in aroma and cup. Crisp, balanced acidity; smoothly silky mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish with a distinct peach-toned chocolate emerging in the long.
Complex layers of fruit in aroma and cup: strawberry, cherry, orange, deepened and complicated by a pungent cedar. Rich, round acidity; soft, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a long, resonantly sweet finish.
Price: $15.50/8 ounces
Rich, brandy-like fruit dominates the profile: cherry, blueberry, cocoaish dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Round, fruit-influenced acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries richly into the finish, where a very slight over-ripe note emerges as the cup cools.
Rich, deeply and sweetly expressed acidity dominates, nuanced by suggestions of grapefruit, tart pie cherry, fresh-cut fir and perhaps a rounding hint of table grape. Syrupy mouthfeel. Grapefruity citrus in particular carries into a sweet finish.
Gently pungent in aroma and cup: cedar, grapefruit, lemon, with rounding hints of dark chocolate. Round, rich acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deeply into a long, sweet finish.