Tried this last weekend, then bought all of the remaining bottles in my local wine shop. One of the more unusual dessert wines I've had ... seemed to like it way better than everyone else. Sherry, cedar / tobacco and prune on the nose. Molasses-like appearance. Tastes of licorice, prunes, lots of caramel and some dark fruit behind. Loved this!
Black as night, looks incredibly rich, and this is borne out in tasting, too.
Huge tones of raisin, figs, plums, molasses, toffee, roasted nuts and wood. And yes, as crazy as it sounds, I noted motor oil in the first smell as well - but in a very good way.
This is a dessert wine, and as such is very sweet, as you would expect - however, it has such massive tones and flavours on the palate, and sufficient acid, that it makes for extremely enjoyable sipping.
Best sherry I have had to date. I also tried a 1971 half-bottle last week, which had been open for about a year and a half, and found it to be in perfect condition!
As a final note, I mixed some of this sherry with Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream last night, on a whim. Incredible. My next batch of home-made ice cream will include this.
Finished an open half bottle of this tonight to the great satisfaction of everyone around the table. Figs, caramel and deep macerated raisin notes on bouquet and palate with a long satisfying final. Does not leave one unmoved and well balanced. Enough complexity and acid not to be a sugar bomb.
Winter's Weakening Death Grip: I had no real interest in tasting this given all the wine already consumed, but that would have been a mistake. This was most impressive with dark fruit, fig and plum on the nose. The intensity of the flavors on the palate are almost unequalled in my experience. Deep, complex and thrilling. Pairing this with the bread pudding was brilliant. I may have to seek out some half-bottles of this to enjoy over a longer period of time so I can carefully confirm my appraisal.
New Years Eve for 4 @ my house (Midlothian, VA): Thick, intense, rich, concentrated, chocolate covered raisin's, some sweetness, like fortified syrup. Took my palate a few sips to get use to the intensity of this wine, then it started to sing in the new year. However one glass was about all I could take, this early in 2010.
Sadly I opened this bottle and did not take notes at the time and do not remember too much about it other then it was excellent but overly sweet. We actually used it as syrup the next morning with french toast. I know this sounds like a waste but it was likely twice as sweet as any dessert wine I've had. Very nice, just overly sweet. There was also a greenish hue to the rim of the wine.
This is a great fortified wine. It looks like motor oil and tastes molasses, toffee, and caramel. A thick wine that is very sweet and has an incredible nose. Very persistent finish. This is the fourth bottle I've had, and thankfully I have another one in my cellar!
Dense dark brown. Concentrated and aged stuff. Raisins, molasses, caramel, fig preserves, maybe some macadamia nuts. Rich, viscous molasses-like but not so very sticky in the mouth. Surprisingly non-hot for ETOH content.
Open two weeks: Open, huge reduced brown sugar, molasses, raisins. Finish that lingers for a minute-plus. Thick like maple syrup but not so overwhelming on the palate. Really, really good. I would much rather have a pour of this than desert if out for dinner.
Nose was slightly sweet and had a port-like smell. However, the wine was very dry, with a unique mix of raisin and cobwebs flavors. The color was dark purple, and it had the viscosity of motor oil. I almost had to chew the wine before I could swallow it. The flavors were so complex and enjoyable that I wanted to keep it in my mouth for a while before swallowing. Definitely the best sherry I've ever had!
Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the '80s and '90s (Tabla, Portland, OR): Hey, may be two weeks early, but we finished the evening off with a birth year desert wine. Enjoyed this much more than I expected as I usually am not a fan of things this sweet. Ordered off the menu and popped and poured the bottle. Nose shows tons of cassis, thick coffee, syrup, and Elmer's Glue. Wow, this tastes EXACTLY like egg nog. The more I splash it around, the more I can imagine spiked eggnog. Even the texture is there. I could also say there's nutmeg, but perhaps that's redundant. Finish shows big time candied dried plums. Tasty.