Crisp, bright, richly sweet-savory. Wild honey, black cherry, lemon verbena, hazelnut, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, vivid structure with sweetly tart, juicy acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Resonant and rich in the finish, where cocoa also surfaces, alongside notes of wild honey and black cherry in the short and vanilla-like florals in the long.
By Kim Westerman
June 12th, 2018
Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Richly savory, deeply sweet. Ginger blossom, almond brittle, pear, fresh, moist forest notes, wildflower honey in aroma and cup. Structured balance among sweet, tart and savory tastes; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The honey-toned finish leads with ginger blossom in the short and notes of pear and almond in the long.
Fruit-toned, vibrantly sweet. Dark chocolate, raspberry, agave syrup, oak wine barrel, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-toned in structure, with lively acidity. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of raspberry and freesia with a hint of sweet ferment.
Richly sweet, crisply tart. Butterscotch, lemon zest, peach, honey, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, delicately sweet-tart structure with vibrant acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish consolidates to notes of butterscotch and lemon zest, with a hint of cedar.
Delicate, complex, chocolate-toned. Dried mulberry, dark chocolate, fine musk, pipe tobacco, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with juicy acidity; plump, smooth mouthfeel. The finish, which consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and dried mulberry, is confident and flavor-saturated.
Price: CAD $16.00/16 ounces
Crisply sweet-toned. Caramel, fig, oak, narcissus-like flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet structure with brisk acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The short finish resonates with sweet floral and rich fruit notes, while the long consolidates to almond and oak.
High-toned, spice-forward, richly sweet. Nougat, lavender, dried apricot, cedar, a hint of cumin in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly tart structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The finish is sweet though rather short, with gently drying notes of sweet hazelnut and nougat and a hint of rich aromatic wood.
Price: NT $650/227 grams
Deeply rich, sweet-savory. Rhododendron, mango, almond brittle, thyme, oak in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned, savory structure; full, satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying finish consolidates to notes of oak and almond, with a hint of sweet herb suggesting thyme.
Price: NT $750/16 ounces
Rich-toned, balanced, deeply sweet. Apricot, dark chocolate, hazelnut, citrusy lantana flowers, cinnamon in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet in structure with lively acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Notes of sweet-tart stone fruit carry into the long finish, supported by dark chocolate and a hint of cinnamon-like spice.
Price: NT $650/225 grams
Richly sweet, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, cinnamon, banana, cashew, citrusy lantana flowers in aroma and cup. Bittersweet in structure, with juicy acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Notes of baker’s chocolate and banana are sweetly resonant in the short finish, spice-toned florals resurface in the long.
Price: $19.50/12 ounces online; $12.99/ounces in stores
Bright, crisply sweet-tart. Peach, nougat, roasted cacao nib, lavender, cedar in aroma and cup. Tart-leaning, sweet structure with juicy acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is balanced and resonant, leading with notes of peach and nougat in the short, rounding to cocoa in the long.
Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Brown sugar, baked apple, lemon zest, cayenne, fresh-cut pine in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is characterized by notes of baked apple in the short and bittersweet citrus zest with a hint of warming spice in the long.
Price: $15.99/16 ounces
Balanced, sweetly savory. Lime zest, toffee, fresh-cut fir, cashew, lilac-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quietly sweet-tart structure; full, velvety mouthfeel. Lime zest and toffee carry the finish.
Brightly sweet with a savory depth. Lemon verbena, roasted cacao nib, rhododendron, date, cedar in aroma and cup. Quietly sweet-tart structure; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The finish is richly drying, consolidating around cacao nib and lemon verbena.