Light gold in the glass. The nose is lemony with honeyed apricot and some orange marmalade. The palate is very orange dominated. Marmalade and green almond are the primary flavors. Honey and some nuttiness also feature. There is that bitterness that’s evident in orange marmalade- it appears on the midpalate. The finish is very seductive, light and sweet. It’s a candied melon meets honey and citrus reduction. Did I mention it’s long and makes my mouth pucker? Albeit young, this wine is delicious and will evolve. Drink till 2034. 91 points and 5 stars, $35. Salut….
Golden color. Loads of legs in the glass. The nose is delightful and consists of orange marmalade, honey, candied citrus. On the palate I get silky orange syrup, marmalade, honey and hazelnut. The sweetness is balanced with a brisk acidic component that gives me an unctuous mouthfeel. The finish is long and tart with some astringent orange curd and white tea components. Really interesting and delightful to drink. 93 points and 5 stars. $35 for a 375ml bottle. Drink this sweet dessert wine till 2030. Salut….
Gold, but a lighter shade. It looks waxy when I swirl the glass, which bodes well for a dessert wine. On the nose it is sublime- apricots, honey, candied pineapple. On the palate this wine is super smooth, somewhat oily in texture and really delicious. I get yellow stone fruits- apricots, peach jam and some honey on the initial attack. The mid palate is silky but I just realized I sense no acidity whatsoever. Glycerin comes to mind when trying to describe the texture I feel on the mid palate. The finish is somewhat dry with a hint of tannins and now I see the emergence of some acidity. Well played Mr. Winemaker, it all comes together right at the end and makes sense. The finish has great fruit notes- in addition to the apricots, there are some almond hints, orange zest and a pineapple streak. Lovely. This is a generous dessert wine that has a nice unctuous texture, plenty of fruit, a nice mouthfeel and the ability to age for decades. It is young but really enjoyable now. Drink till 2035 easily. 95 points. I paid $28 for a half bottle – 5 stars. It was my dessert after grilling the most massive Tomahawk steaks ever. Salut….
I do love me some dessert wines… I couldn’t resist this one, it got high marks and the price was right.
It started with an interesting nose of cork (not in a bad way), apricot jam and tangerine peel.
An initial taste of orange marmalade, honey and almond seeds. Golden color was intriguing. Orange peel and candied almonds hit on the middle palate and the finish gives way to the same marmalade notes I sensed on the front end. A definite botrytis tinge throughout. Best described as orange treacle. I’m going 90 points on this wine versus the pros. It’s decent, but not my favorite sticky. Pro ratings up to 93 points and costing $37, I was somewhat caught off-guard. This is a 3 star wine in my opinion and needs to be drunk before 2022. Salut….
To top off our Sunday Roast dinner I pulled this amazing beauty out of the cellar and let it loose. I had tasted the Doisy-Vedrines 2010 previously and needed an equally big night to taste this vintage. After thoroughly loving the Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon with our dinner it was appropriate to get this bottle cracking. I previously gave the 2010 95 points, how would this one hold out?
Golden yellow in the glass with a nose of honey, candied pear, botrytis and peach cobbler. Almond crisp with apricot torte and honeyed pears came in the first wave. Pineapple syrup with flowers and citrus fill the mid palate along with some pear pie, absolutely gorgeous. Sublime balance with a razor sharp acidity and 60 second finish make this a near perfect wine. Top to bottom- a smooth transition, 96 point plus for me. I noticed huge legs in the glass and had to double check the bottle, 13.5 % alcohol but nary a sign of it. One final thought….Uncious but not stuffy. I paid $22 for this stunner worthy of 5 stars. Ps. I bought all they had of the two vintages! Salut….
Last weekend I had a big tasting night planned. The Clarendon Hills Syrah was the opener. I was then planning on doing a mini vertical of this wine with a 2011. Problem is that I absolutely loved this bottle and ended up finishing it and saving the other one for another night. I laid out two cheeses to go along with the sweet dessert wines. They deserve their own blog posts- simply out of this world.The wine was poured into my Riedel dessert glass where it showed off a light golden color and had a nose of apricots, honey and almond chips. I made note of a classy smoothness with light botrytis in the initial attack. Honey and melon jam came to mind after letting the wine swirl a bit. The first sensation was of light acidity which became cutting on the mid palate. Apricot tart with a sweet minerality on the back end was a really nice way to tail it off but I was in for a surprise. I timed a rather long finish over 90 seconds which added some cloying sweetness and hazelnuts on the finale. Exquisite and worthy of 95 points from me. Here’s the bonus….. it’s only $20 and I’m buying all I can get in 375ml bottles. If you like sweet wines, this one is an absolute stunner. 5 stars for this sticky. Salut….
I hardly chirped up about the 2010 Bordenave when I first tried it. Last night, I had a hankering for something sweet and this one just happened to be lying around. Considering it is about $15 per bottle, I did not fear pulling the cork and being underwhelmed. I was in for a surprise. Seems like I have had a string of crappy wine lately and it is nice to re-visit a bad one and get some satisfaction out of it.
More unctuous in the mouth, it was somewhat sweeter with more depth of fruit. Pineapple was evident but the botrytis gave off a lovely honeyed apricot. Juicy acidity balanced the wine and kept the sweetness in check. I enjoyed half the bottle while watching a movie and found myself licking my lips several times. Sauternes is never cheap, this bottle is very ‘reasonable’ and I am glad I still have a few hiding out downstairs. 4 stars and 90 points from me this time. Amazing what a little cellar time will do for a young wine. Salut….
A dessert style wine from Bordeaux that is golden yellow in the glass. On the nose, apricots and golden apples that move onto the palate with some honey and a touch of acidic bite. Generally decent wine, but the tinge in the mid-palate was worrisome. The wine was not overly sweet, but had a balanced residual sugar content. Dessert wines are generally pricier due to the methods involved, yet I cannot remember how much I paid for this bottle. 85 points and if it was under $20, 3 stars.
To cap off Thanksgiving dinner, I dove deep into the cellar and came up with this absolute beauty. Rated a lowly 84 by a group of amateurs, I disagree- 4 stars and 90 points are more realistic. 2005 was an incredible year in Bordeaux, the appellation of Sauternes was no exception. Made predominantly from the Semillon grape that has been inflicted with Botrytis Cinerea, otherwise known as Noble Rot, the grapes get concentrated and the resulting wine is sweet, unctuous, and mouth-watering. I noticed definite Pineapple flavor, plus the more traditional apricot meets honey tones. The wine was golden in color, and appeared almost syrupy in the glass. Also known as “Stickies”, these wines are great with dessert but surprisingly, are the sommelier’s choice to pair with Foie Gras. Normally bottled in 375 ml, this particular one was the full blown 750, necessitating a party to warrant opening it. I can’t say how much I love sweet whites, and continually try to get my friends to give them a chance- most come around. I think and hope that I have at least one more left in the tomb for another glorious feast.