Dark chocolate, cherry, oak, night flowers, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Roundly bright, complexly expressed acidity; lightly creamy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate carries distinctly into a savory-sweet finish.
By Kenneth Davids
September 3rd, 2012
Intense, tartly sweet, richly dry. Tart berry leads in aroma and cup, softened by a minty dark chocolate and a hint of cedar. Roundly bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a sweet finish.
Subtly extravagant. Rich night flowers, crisp cocoa, hints of tangerine and fir in aroma and cup. Quiet acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Rich, flavor-saturated finish turns slightly heavy in the long.
Price: $16.50/12 ounces
Sweetly pungent, balanced, honey-toned. Almond, orange, honey, a hint of minty chocolate in aroma and cup. Delicate, fruit-toned acidity; silky mouthfeel. Orange and honey in particular carry into a rich finish.
Gently crisp, refreshingly balanced. Freshly cut aromatic wood, dark chocolate and a faint tart berry note in aroma and cup. Quiet, softly expressed acidity; lightly creamy mouthfeel. Aromatically simple but balanced, resonant finish.
Very sweet, deeply pungent. Blackberry, black currant, fir, with a backgrounded dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Pungent though rather muted acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly drying finish.
Price: $17.99/16 ounces
Nicely balanced, gently and tartly sweet. Nut, fresh-cut oak, orange, pear perhaps, raw sugar in aroma and cup. Soft acidity; smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Simple finish with some richness.
Delicate, crisply sweet-toned. Fresh-cut fir, apricot, brown sugar and chocolate in aroma and cup. Gently and sweetly tart acidity; silky mouthfeel. Sweetness outlasts a drying astringency in the finish.