Delicate but extraordinarily intricate. Passion flower, orange, loquat, sandalwood, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweetly bright, juicy acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor resonates far into a long finish with very little loss of complexity.
By Kenneth Davids
March 6th, 2015
Price: $17.75/12 ounces
Sweetly bright and lushly nectar-like. Nectarine, roasted cacao nib, lemon zest, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Roundly sweet, juicy acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lasts in a cleanly resonant, lightly drying finish.
Crisp yet sweet, cidery, intricate. Strawberry, juniper, unsweetened cocoa, rose-like flowers, a hint of fruit cider in aroma and cup. Lively, melodic acidity; plush mouthfeel. Very long, complexly expressed finish that may impress some with its flavor-saturated resonance and fundamental sweetness, while putting others off with a simultaneous drying tightness.
Round, very sweet, suavely balanced. Pluot, roasted cacao nib, brown sugar, violet-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Cacao nib and brown sugar in particular carry into an ongoing sweet, resonant finish.
Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Delicate, sweet, poised. Pear, raisin, dark chocolate, almond, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, round, juicy acidity; light but satiny mouthfeel. Hints of pear, flowers and chocolate carry into an understated but sweetly balanced finish.
Sweet nut and flowers. Brazil nut, plumeria, apple, tangelo, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Round, rich, deeply expressed acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. The nut and flower notes deepen and take on a pleasantly savory resonance in a crisp finish.
Sweetly bright, balanced, classic. Ripe tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle-like flowers, hazelnut, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a gently tart, richly balanced finish.
Gently and sweetly tart; classic. Tangerine, rhododendron-like flowers, hazelnut, raisin in aroma and cup. Tart but juicy acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a continued tart yet sweet finish.
Price: $14.95/12 ounces
Sweetly crisp, pure, delicate. Red currant, bakers’ chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, hints of grapefruit and lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Lightly expressed, gently bright acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries almost intact into a resonantly sweet finish.
Immaculately sweet; lyrical. Peach, honey, lavender and honeysuckle, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet, high-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Peach, honey and flowers carry into a crisply sweet finish.
Delicate, intricate, very sweetly but crisply fruit-toned. Orange, honey, roasted cacao nib, lilac-like flowers, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Round, brisk but rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonantly crisp, slightly bitter-toned finish.
Price: KRW 32,000/500 grams
Crisply sweet, nut-toned. Roasted nut, apricot, malt, a hint of rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Despite the prominent nut notes, the acidity is quiet but juicy and lively. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The fruit moves forward and the nut recedes in a sweet finish.
Deep, richly roasty, chocolate- and fruit-toned. Lightly scorched cedar, dark chocolate, musk, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweet, roast-rounded acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. The finish is dry and roast-toned with a backgrounded chocolaty sweetness.