For Thanksgiving dessert I opened this chilled bottle of sweet Bordeaux nectar. It was spectacular to say the least. Medium gold with shimmering legs in the glass. The nose had pronounced aromas of honey, apricots, candied tangerine and crystallized mango. Super unctuous, sweet, waxy – flavors of apricot, marmalade, tangerine, honey and that telltale Botrytis note. Medium acidity and full body. The finish is very long and the sweetness coats the mouth. This is one of the best Sauternes I have ever come across. For $30 per half bottle this is a must-cellar wine for short to long term enjoyment. 96 points from me and 5 if not 6 stars. Salut….
We enjoyed this classic Sauternes dessert wine whilst watching 48 hours, a classic wine paired with a classic movie. I have drunk the 2006 on several occasions, this later vintage is just as scrumptious. Detailed notes were not taken, just a brief impression. Pale gold. Pronounced nose of peach, apricot, honey, orange marmalade and candied citrus peel. Sweet, luscious and viscous with honeyed orange peel, stone fruits and almonds on the palate. Simply delicious. Medium acidity and loads of body make for a gorgeous mouthfeel. This wine is young and will develop nicely till 2040. A stunner that runs $ 28- 93 points and 5 stars for a treat! Lovely at youth, it will age gracefully. Salut….
It’s not often I get to drink an iconic wine, but when friends have a bottle for a special occasion and I get to taste- it’s magic.
Rich gold in the glass. The nose is stunning- honey, waxy tangerine, nutmeg and apricot. On the palate it’s super rich with unctuous layers of peach, honey, almonds, apricots and honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is full bodied with palate filling sweetness, a hint of acidity and tons of nuances that keep me coming back for more. What an amazing wine that gets 95 points. Spectacular but young, drink till 2040. If you can find it in 750ml, it will run close to $300. Ours was a smaller 375 ml that gets it 5 stars. Salut….
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….