Although this went perfectly (more so than the '09 Ch. Doisy Vedrines) with the Manchego cheese cakes the wife conjured up for dessert, I am still puzzled by the quirky funk in this wine's palate profile. It's an unidentifiably earthy-herbaciuousness - nearing gaminess...which is what complimented the savory component of the dessert. Although it can be argued to have its place, I don't enjoy it enough to recommend it.
Unique among American dessert wines, this is not pure sweetness. This is a good thing. Has some bitterness to match the sweet. Gets sweeter towards the back with a pleasant finish. Notes of caramel, burnt oak, lemon zest.
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