Delicate, sweetly intricate. Toffee, dried fig, hops, rhododendron-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. The sweetly rich finish is saturated with cacao and floral suggestions.
By Kenneth Davids and Associate Editors
April 7th, 2016
Delicately bright, richly sweet. Tangerine zest, rhododendron, caramel, almond in aroma and cup. Juicy, balanced acidity; soft, plush mouthfeel. The clean, resonant finish is sweet though gently drying in mouthfeel, carried by tangerine notes.
Delicate, sweetly pungent, lightly floral. Black currant, dried mulberry, lavender, roasted cacao nib, cedar in aroma and cup. Vibrant, balanced acidity; lightly velvety mouthfeel. Black currant, cacao nib, a hint of lavender in the crisply sweet, berry-toned finish.
Delicate, deeply and crisply sweet. Honey, black cherry, macadamia nut, hints of rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Soft, juicy acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Honey, nut and black cherry carry into a richly drying, balanced finish.
Price: $17.50/8.8 ounces
Roast-toned but spicy; sweet, intricate. Cocoa powder, lightly scorched sandalwood, peach, narcissus in aroma and cup. Lively, spice-toned acidity; light but buoyantly silky mouthfeel. Sandalwood, peach and chocolate carry into a rich though drying finish.
Price: $24.00/7 ounces
Quietly fruit-toned, spicy. Pineapple, cocoa powder, almond, myrrh in aroma and cup. Juicy, complex acidity; smooth, satiny mouthfeel. The richly sweet, resonant finish consolidates around almond and pineapple.
Mellow, balanced, sweet. Molasses, cinnamon, chocolate fudge, orange zest in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-toned acidity; lively, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is sweet and resonant, saturated by chocolate notes.
Subtle, delicately sweet. Raw cashew, black peppercorn, lemon zest, dried peach, faint wisteria in aroma and cup. Mildly tart, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The round, resonant finish is redolent of peach and black peppercorn.
Roundly roast-toned but nuanced. Scorched oak, dark chocolate, apricot, soft hints of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Roast-rounded, gently tart acidity; lightly satiny mouthfeel. Chocolate, apricot and flowers carry faintly into a briskly drying finish.
Muted, sweet. Roasted cacao nib, apricot, tangerine zest, unroasted hazelnut, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Quiet, gently tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a drying finish with some sweetness in the long.
Sweet, deeply layered, complex. Toffee, black cherry, grapefruit zest, frankincense, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Juicy, quietly tart acidity; plush, silky mouthfeel. The sweet-tart finish resonates with dark chocolate and toffee notes. Note: We deducted 3 points from our basic rating of 91 owing to one tainted cup out of five in the sample we tested.