Exotic; intricate; grandly and sweetly bright. Honey, loquat, tangerine, blood orange, jasmine, cocoa in aroma and cup. Sweetness envelops tart and bitter sensations in an intense, complex acidity. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Rich, deeply flavor-saturated finish fades very slightly in the long.
By Kenneth Davids
October 17th, 2014
Opulent and complete; finely structured yet grandly complex. Lush flowers in front – lavender, lilac, fresh vanilla – supported by ripe pear and tangerine, roasted cacao nib, cinnamon. Balanced, round, resonant acidity. Plush, lively mouthfeel. Flavor rings on in a very long, sweet-toned finish.
Sweet, delicate but rich; deeply complex. Gently pungent flowers – lavender, lilac, saffron – supported by blackberry, grape, mangosteen, roasted cacao nib and raw almond in aroma and cup. Crisp, delicate, floral-toned acidity. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lilac and mangosteen in particular carry into a rich finish.
Price: $14.95/12 ounces
Simultaneously delicately sweet and richly pungent. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, apricot and peach, fresh-cut cedar, plum blossom in aroma and cup. Soft, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Balanced, gently rich finish.
Very sweet; floral-toned and delicate. Honey, lavender, honeysuckle, peach, guava, lightly roasted almond in aroma and cup. Gentle, bittersweet acidity. Light but lively mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly honey and almond, carries into a gently drying finish.
Savory, bittersweet, quietly rich. Plum, roasted cacao nib, roasted potato, hints of flowers, aromatic wood and tangerine in aroma and cup. Crisp, bittersweet acidity. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Rich though drying finish.
Price: $14.00/12 ounces
Delicate, crisp, sweet. Honeysuckle, almond, white peach, fresh-cut elm in aroma and cup. Gentle but lively acidity. Light but very silky mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a very sweet though slightly bitter-edged finish.
Savory-sweet, rich. Dark chocolate, mesquite, dried date, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, low-toned acidity. Light but silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a simple but rich finish.
Quite sweet with a crisp, bitter/savory edge. Delicate. Hazelnut, fresh-cut fir, flowers, a hint of bay leaf in aroma and cup. Balanced, quiet acidity. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flowers in particular carry into a delicately drying finish.
Gently roasty; pungent yet balanced. Nut-toned chocolate, cedar, prune, chrysanthemum in aroma and cup. Roast-rounded but rich acidity. Plush mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a round, rich finish.
Price: $15.91/12 ounces
Softly pungent, rich. Plum, oak, cocoa powder, night-blooming flowers, a hint of clay-like earth in aroma and cup. Crisp, bittersweet acidity. Soft, plush mouthfeel. Flavor recedes in a simple but sweet-toned finish.