Intense but balanced; expansively complex. Honeysuckle, very ripe, perhaps candied tangerine, papaya, crisply nut-toned cacao nib in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly brisk acidity; light, very silky and buoyant mouthfeel. The ripe citrus and sweet papaya in particular carry into a rich finish.
By Kenneth Davids
December 4th, 2014
Amazingly sweet, lushly fruit-toned. Orangy citrus, blueberry, dark chocolate, apple cider, cherry blossom in aroma and cup. Vibrant, rich acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish.
Big, round, ringingly sweet, vivacious. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers, tangelo, saucy cranberry, pear in aroma and cup. Deep, nuanced, lively acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cacao nib, rose and pear in particular saturate a long, sweet-toned, resonant finish.
Intense, juicy, massively complex. Honey, mango, grapefruit, bakers’ chocolate, tea rose, much more in aroma and cup. Big, sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. In the finish flavor consolidates but rings on, gentle, layered, resonant.
Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Exotically pungent, deep, intricate. Strawberry, mint, dark chocolate, banana, musky flowers, a faint hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Deep, backgrounded but vibrant acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a sweet, resonant finish.
Intense; spicy and floral; richly dry. Black currant, lavender, mulling spices, anise, a hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The lavender, black currant and anise suggestions all deeply saturate a roundly drying finish.
Pungent, deep, spicy. Milk chocolate, Concord grape, passion flower, aromatic sandalwood, a hint of savory black truffle in aroma and cup. Tart, juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Rich, spice-toned, slightly savory finish.
Price: $62.00/8 ounces
Intricately rich, delicately bittersweet. Honey, peach, kumquat, orange blossom, hazelnut, a suggestion of angostura bitters in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk, spice-toned acidity; lightly satiny mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish.
Crisply dry but quite sweet; intricate. Black currant, lavender, kumquat, fresh-cut fir, a hint of flavor-rounding chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich, quietly vibrant acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. Exceptionally deep, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.
Lavishly and sweetly bright. Honey, jasmine, raspberry, almond in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a continued sweetly tart finish.
Pungent, deep, original; savory-sweet. Zesty tangerine, peach, fresh-cut cedar, pink peppercorn, spicy tea rose in aroma and cup. Juicy, balanced acidity; syrupy though very lively, buoyant mouthfeel. The spicy, peppery tendency dominates in a rather drying finish.
Price: $27.00/5 ounces
Pungent, deep, sweetly nut-toned. Brown sugar, cashew, orange, cherry, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quiet, rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the cherry-like fruit note in a sweet, resonant finish.