Intoxicating, juicy, complete. Dark honey; dark rum; dark chocolate; complex, layered fruit, particularly pineapple and melon; narcissus-like flowers. Intense but juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Sweetly rich finish turns slightly drying but still flavor-saturated in the long.
By Kenneth Davids
December 9th, 2013
Intense, rich, pungent. Blood orange, black currant, fresh-cut fir, plum blossom in aroma and in cup, where a slight savory, truffle-like edge deepens and complicates flavor. Powerful but opulently balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, gently drying, flavor-saturated finish.
Deeply but vivaciously expressed complexity. Raspberry-like fruit, roasted cacao nib, honey, narcissus-like flowers, a hint of pungent sandalwood in aroma and cup. Round, juicy acidity; syrupy yet lively mouthfeel. Long, rich, flavor-saturated finish.
Explosively bright and juicy. Honey, tangerine, black currant, hints of flowers and spice, mace perhaps, in aroma and cup. Opulently sweet, grandly exhilarating acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Gently dry, flavor-saturated finish.
Price: $49.95/8 ounces
Softly lush, complex flowers, crisp roasted cacao nib, tangerine-like citrus, apple cider in aroma and cup. Gently bright, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The apple cider suggestion is particularly distinct in a slightly drying though resonant, flavor-saturated finish.
Rich, fruit and brandy. Cherry, blueberry, milk chocolate, brandy, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Lively, effervescent acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich and sweet in the short finish, slightly drying in the long.
Price: $14.95/12 ounces
Big, sweet and fruity with a savory, spicy edge. Guava- and pineapple-like fruit, brandy, dark chocolate, a hint of flowers and bay leaf or eucalyptus in aroma and cup. Round, vibrant acidity; heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate, brandy and bay leaf in particular carry into a rich though drying finish.
Crisply and sweetly pungent. Papaya, mango, orange zest, candied walnut, a hint of moist leaf tobacco in aroma and cup. Round, juicy acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a resonant finish.
Delicately pungent and honey-toned. Roasted cacao nib, honey, sandalwood, a hint of lush, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Richly bright, bittersweet acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Cacao nib and flowers in particular carry into a resonant, slightly drying finish.
Delicate and brisk. Honey, fresh-cut pine, peach, hints of flowers and oolong tea in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. A savory hint in the cup carries into a crisply tart finish.
Richly pungent. Sandalwood, apricot, dark chocolate, plum blossom, musk and chanterelle-like mushroom in aroma and savory-edged cup. Rich and plump though simple acidity; lightly smooth mouthfeel. Finish rounds in crisp sandalwood and chocolate.