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Friday, October 4, 2013 - On the nose this just screams dessert as though it could be unclear and it wants to make sure it exerts its presence. The wine is dark and caramel in color. There's a bit of syrupyness and you almost wonder on it, but it's just that the acidity is a bit late to the game and so it balances the wine out a bit later on your palate. Of course there are the deep apricots and maybe some butterscotch (esp in the aftertaste). Thick and almost creamy as you bring it around, it's the dessert wine of SQNs (a somewhat obvious statement). Delicious though and you find yourself longing for the next sip even if that last one was so intense that it felt it might cover you in dessert wines for the rest of your life. Well done. Glad we have 2 more.

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  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    10/4/2013 9:24:00 PM - Vey nice. Just tucked my pair away for a long sleep next to the other dessert wines. I have thought of buying some Austrian TBA chardonnay to compare these with. Don't waste your time with Concha y Toro Chardonnay dessert wine as it is very goopy and lacking acids completely. Cloying. I am interested to see the Austrians mineral component.

  • Comment posted by MC2 Wines:

    10/5/2013 9:39:00 AM - This was our first foray into the SQN dessert wines and figured since we had 3 we could sacrifice one to see how they go. Never had a TBA from Aus, but there are some good deals in their dessert wines (the DeBortoli Noble One comes to mind). They tend to be less thick than this was (although to be fair I think most dessert wines are).

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    10/5/2013 12:12:00 PM - You have got to try Hungarian Tokaji 5 puttunyos, as they are not so thick, but the best are divine. Hetszolo, Royal Toakji, Oremus, Chateau Dezla....

    The ones that age really pick up wonderful notes. Excellent toffee, butterscotch, apricot, candied orange all with acids and ABV around !2.5%

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