Community Tasting Notes (1) Avg Score: 82 points

  • An older bottle, I think a bit past its prime, but quite drinkable. Deep amber, almost the color of iced tea, a faint Sauternes-like funk on the nose with notes of stewed peach or apricot, a thin syrup-like consistency. Tasted both chilled and approaching room temperature. Chilled it still had a brightness and a touch of citrus acidity both on the nose and on the palate that tried to keep the syrupy sweetness at bay, but largely failed at this advanced age. As it warmed, it turned into a citrusy cough syrup. Will have to head over to Joseph Phelps and taste the newer vintages which I'm told have bold, bright peach notes. All in all, an interesting experiment with an older Late Harvest, but for this 1997 vintage, I think its peak was probably 1998-2003 and I wouldn't recommend this as any more than a novelty at this time.

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