The Twelveth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON): I'm not sure I'm a huge maderia guy, but having said that this was a very good example. Nose of dried lemon peel, perfume, a touch of plastic/rubber, brown sugar, aerosol can, dates, raisins, figs, brown butter, anise root and musky sweat. Palate is still fairly sweet with heady alcohol, however turns a bit bitter and sour toward the finish.
The Twelfth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): Nose is all dried lemon peel, brown sugar, flowers, dried orange peel, spice, and a definite rancio character. The palate very complex showing marmalade, orange peel, spice cake, burnt orange creme brûlée and dried flowers. There is a noticeable kick in terms of alcohol and the acid is still quite racy. The finish for me is where this wine feel down a bit for me…..it was only medium and did not have the expansiveness and power of the other old Barbeito Terrantez that I have tried (1899). Nonetheless….this was a real treat and pretty to go back to over the course of the evening.
Will I ever get to have a similar experience in my life? Time (2 centuries!!!) in a bottle, in a whiff, in a mouthful... and everything still alive, the alcohol, the acidity, the fruit - though transformed into something quite unknown, quite unique... I could have sit there and drunk the whole bottle and still not be jaded by the whole experience.
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): An absolutely mind boggling and profound wine experience - THANK YOU DAVID! Gorgeous light roasted nuts, fresh baked cake, lightly burnt caramel, some baking spice. The aromatics are INTENSE - practically soaring out of the glass. Really light on its feet, the palate shows remarkable concentration, acidity with an almost lemony citrus play on the back end. Some slightly charred orange marmalade coming through as well. A super long finish with only moderate viscosity this wine could go for another fifty years to be honest. Remarkable - high pitch (agree Phil) and really vibrant aromatics and mouth feel. One of the most memorable single bottles I've ever had the opportunity to sample. We didn't want to finish the small taste we each were poured.A monumental wine tasting moment for all involved. Totally kick-ass.
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