Domaine End of Year Party (Chicago, IL): A surprising tinge of green on the nose. Extremely intense, as if you boiled down a 100-year-old madeira (I suppose, in a very strange way, that is what this is). The palate is extremely rich with lots of caramel and rancio notes. Awesome.
I've been sitting on a bottle of this for 6 years, and I figured the 10th anniversary of my inaugural tasting note on CellarTracker was the perfect time to crack this baby and steal a couple of ounces.
Wow, wow, wow! I've had this a couple of times, and it was stunning before. This bottle though is on a whole different level. Deep and brothy on the nose with that funky, beefy, caramelized onion thing I find in Madeira. The palate though, oh the palate. So thick and intense, rich, caramel and beef and onion, but then there is this explosion of lime and salt and acid. It's stunning for a wine to carry such richness and length while still showing such unreal acidity. I really need to drink more Madeira, as it is so uniquely fresh and intense.
I really look forward to following this bottle for a long time to come.
A wonderful dry/anti-sweet smell of dried figs - one would need the literary skills of Joyce to describe this. Supreme intensity and the taste of figs continues on the palate; wonderful acidity that makes it seem dry and racy and moreish despite the RS and the richness and the supremely intense finish. Outstanding.
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(Barbeito Madeira Malvazia) Dark brown with good clarity; nose of crème brulee, brown sugar, mock turtle soup and a hint of rosemary; good body, tangy and lovely with hints of beef and herbs; long gravy-like finish
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