Immensely sweet, lushly aromatic. A complex layering of fruit – strawberry guava, pomegranate, mango – plus plumeria-like flowers, sandalwood, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Plump, juicy acidity; syrupy though lively mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish.
By Kenneth Davids with Jason Sarley
June 4th, 2015
Price: $16.50/12 ounces
Rich, deep, yet delicate. Tangerine, rose-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Lively, levitating acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweetly crisp finish.
Sweetly bright, juicy. Orange marmalade, peach, pecan, vanilla, a hint of sandalwood in aroma and cup. Round but vibrant acidity; light but buoyantly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around vanilla notes that turn distinctly floral in a rich though gently drying finish.
Sweetly crisp, balanced, quietly complex. Brown sugar, freesia-like flowers, delicate chocolate, sweet grapefruit in aroma and cup. Soft, gently tart acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate and brown sugar carry into a resonant finish.
Impressive balance of roasty pungency and gently brisk acidity. Softly scorched cedar, a distinct, complexly expressed dark chocolate, hints of blackberry and grapefruit in aroma and cup. Roast-nuanced, softly bittersweet acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around dry chocolate and a hint of berry in a crisp finish.
Gentle and sweetly bright; quietly vivacious. Honeysuckle, mulberry, apricot, fresh-cut redwood in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. A richly flavor-saturated short finish turns mildly drying in the long.
Crisp, quietly complete, balanced. Hazelnut, fresh-cut fir, cranberry, a hint of oregano in aroma and cup. Rich, round acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a simple, rich finish.
Sweetly pungent, lightly roast-influenced. Black currant, dark chocolate, mildly scorched cedar, an herby hint in aroma and cup. Roast-muted acidity; plump, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finish consolidates around a dry chocolate and a complicating hint of tart black currant.
Quiet, roasty, chocolaty. Scorched oak, buttery dark chocolate, a hint of lemon in aroma and cup. Crisp, roast-toned acidity; lean though silky mouthfeel. A roasty chocolate dominates in the finish.
Some pleasing chocolate, but generally dominated by a very aggressive dark roast. Heavily scorched oak, dark chocolate, hints of cashew and prune. Full, though rather rough-textured mouthfeel. Sweet dark chocolate carries into an otherwise rather cottony finish.