Big, pungent, zesty. Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, narcissus, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Lilting, very sweetly and gently bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and citrus in particular saturate a crisply drying finish.
By Kenneth Davids with Jason Sarley
April 4th, 2015
Soft, enveloping, resonantly complex. Rose and violet floral notes, apricot, dark chocolate, clove and marjoram in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; satiny, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a brisk short finish; floral and chocolate return sweetly in the long.
A big, enveloping aroma introduces crisp, pungent aromatics. Black currant, moist freshly fallen leaves, dark chocolate, blood orange, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Buoyantly juicy acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, quietly flavor-saturated finish.
Sweetly and distinctively crisp, layered complexity. Caramel, peach, wisteria, cacao nib, a hint of moist, fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Deep, vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Moist leaves, cacao nib and a hint of flowers together carry into a gentle finish.
Delicate, soft, yet deeply and originally complex. Cashew, cedar, blackberry, rhododendron-like flowers, a fine hint of moist, fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Crisp, lightly juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant, sweet-toned, though slightly drying finish.
Slight hints of earth and moist fallen leaves enrich and complicate chocolate, apricot and raisin suggestions; the fusion perhaps suggests the sweet, fruity, barrel-fermented tobacco called perique. Despite its unorthodox aromatics, a finely structured cup: gentle, lightly crisp acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel; with a sound balance of basic tastes and cleanly sweet, resonant finish.
Complex, gently pungent, original. Apple, rose-like flowers, pink peppercorn, grapefruit, buttery cocoa in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly juicy acidity; deeply syrupy mouthfeel. Floral, citrus and apple notes in particular show up in a continued rich, round finish.
Quiet, vibrant, dry, deep. Butternut squash, dried peach, coconut, orange blossom, hints of earth and fir in aroma and cup. Roundly balanced, deeply expressed acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet though simple finish.
Sweetly and delicately pungent. Cedar, almond, peach, a sweet, slightly vegetal floral note, petunia perhaps, in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; silky mouthfeel. Crisp, lightly resonant finish.
Deep, round, gently bright. Aprium, malt, lily-like flowers, baker’s chocolate, a hint of moist fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned, softly tart acidity; light, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a long, sweet, very slightly drying finish.