Vikings actually beat the Packers (Gary and Judy's): Pop and pour, drank a glass over about 45 minutes. Rich, thick, quite sweet, enough acidity to keep it balanced. This is so rich and complex. Reminiscent of ice wine. I really liked the complexity here. The sweetness is a bit much.
This wine was a pleasant surprise. It is a sweet dessert wine, but made from 100% Chardonnay. It had an excellent balance between sweetness and acidity, and it was a pleasure to drink, from the first sip, to the last. It had a sweet smell, with hint of petrol, similar to a nice Sauternes. On the palate, you could taste nectar, honey, and apricot, with a nice long finish. I would put this up with any excellent dessert wine, including a Sauternes or Barsac, as well as a good TBA or ice wine. This drinks great right now, but seems to have the fruit and acidity to last for quite a long time in the cellar too. Thanks Joe!
Opened by Allred. 2nd time I have had this with the last time being 5 years ago. Golden yellow color. Thick and unctuous. Notes of apricots, pear nectar and orange marmalade. Not as much acidity in this bottle as the other bottle I had which resulted in a lower score than the 1st bottle. 93-94 points.
Not meant to be opened BUT...bought from merchant that had it in chilled storage for years. Lid on OWC was so tight we needed a hammer and a flathead to ease it off. Then home and left it in the dining for a day before settling it into a fridge. and the corks popped :( Bugger. Anyway pulled and poured - deep marmalade orange in the glass, and a rich yet airy elegant nose of spice, sandal wood, orange twist and sweet cream. On the taste still lively with beautiful glycerin in heaps. Poached pear, hint of herb butter, a savoury berried toast, honey. Gorgeous as only Krankl can fit into a half bottle. Not the equal of his 2008 or 2005 sweet wines but certainly very up there. Had a Rieussec 10 a few nights earlier and this made that seem somewhat plain.
I love these SQN desert wines. While this one didn't quite have the overall comlexity and character of the 2005, it is a world class finisher. Juicy tropical fruit, stewed peach and wild fower and honey. Viscous and palette coating with good valance and a lovely lingering finish. 9-19-9-9
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