Rich nose of honey, apricot, sweet flowers, caramel and mandarin orange. Holds itself well on the palate. Sure it's rich but the acid is clean and helps balance it out. The apricot, glazed peach, candied apple and honey flavors are quite complex and deep. I dig the quinine and crushed rock elements that linger onto the finish. Sweet, nutty, rich, but it's got a lot going on for it. Tasted from a bottle that had been opened the night before for about 9 people, and the 500ml bottle was still half full. Speaks to the level of richness in this wine. Open with lots of people around!
Remarkably bland dessert wine. It was not really overly sweet, definitely had a strong acidity characteristic, but I am almost at a loss to describe many other flavor profiles in the wine. It was I guess mildly sweet, a bit of caramel, a touch of burnt sugar, but on the whole kindof a 'sweet' end to the meal more than an interesting wine. I found the Essenzia a few weeks ago to be really a differentiated wine and quite an experience. it is clear there are a number of jumps btwn that and the Puttonyos 5.
Amber color. Honeyed bouquet of mandarin oranges, apricots, cigar tobacco, and spices. The mid-bodied, palate is balanced, showing good purity, adequate richness, ripe acidity, flavors that match the aromatics, and orange pith and minerals on the grippy finish. Really came together on Day 2. Needs time to integrate all of its moving parts. Lots of potential.
Served at a temperature of about 10C/50F. Sampled over an hour. Good to go after 20 min. Orange zest, dried apricot, and apple cider notes. Good stuff. Meets expectations. BTW, this 250ml bottle was kept in room temperature in the last 2 years; won't last for long in these conditions actually, the cork is half soaked; if you can't keep it in constant lower cellar temp or wine fridge or wine fridge, drink now to avoid oxidation (these small bottles have smaller corks that are probably more sensitive to storage conditions).
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