Medium ruby, some amber at the rim. Aroma dominated by molasses; a bit fruit-deficient for a fairly young wine from this shipper. Smooth and moderately sweet on the palate, but lacks real delineation of flavor and verve.
Tawny, brickish color; lovely, toasty rancio nose; silky and sweet with cream, rich, and complex flavors; layered, mature, and very long; the fifth in a limited-release series.
Gorgeous from the get-go, with toasted sesame, green tea, walnut husk, pistachio cream and peanut toffee notes seamlessly layered atop one another, framed by a subtle singed alder hint. Everything glides with grace through the finish like a gently wafting plume of smoke off burning incense.