Bright golden yellow core. Flinty and lemony on first pour before prominent notes of butterscotch and vanilla surfaced to the fore. A refreshing, racy acidity backbone provided the much needed balance with a touch of cream in the mid-palate. My somewhat small dorm room was filled with its aroma, just like how the finish lingered on my tongue (though I’d like it to be longer). But I’m not complaining. After a string of overly-oaked New World chardonnays, it was heartening to smell and taste something so wonderfully made, even if it’s just a basic blend village wine.
Dark ruby core with a bright cherry rim. This is the third time I’m tasting this wine and the aromas just leaped out of the glass on first pour every single time! Strong, concentrated dark fruits and mixed berries jam on the nose with streaks of vanilla and cedar. A little spicy start on the palate, tart cherries, dried 川芎, chinese liquorice roots, good acidity and medium to medium minus finish. Unfortunately, the body and structure didn’t quite match the beautiful aromas. I shouldn’t have opened this so soon but this is the only bottle of red I don’t mind uncorking right now. Not a bad accompaniment to Mr. Taber’s “To Cork or Not to Cork“.