From a half-bottle, sampled via Coravin into a Riedel Riesling and Impitoyable on September 17 and October 10, 2016. 14 pabv, $180/375 ml; Dorothy Lane Market, Oakwood, OH. Tasted first in honor of Barbara at our great friends Kurt and Caroline Wacker from Columbus, OH.
Full orange with green overtones. Tends to hang on the sides of the glass and takes a long time to form very thin tears.
Aromas are searching and tend to fill the room with scent. Nose is still quite tight but spicy, revealing honied malt, violets, powdered sugar, sweet clove and tarragon, and a profound but as of yet unresolved brothy/meaty bass note. The spiciness with air becomes reminiscent of horehound candy.
The palate is somewhat more forthcoming than the nose, with a complex juiciness, fine balance, and power. The oak is not all absorbed as of yet but doesn't stick out. The texture and moutfeel is quite enough to old all the rest of the elements in place. I'd guess that big texture is in the main due to oak tannins, enhanced with skin tones from the very late picking. Expected harmonious and revealingly lingering finish. Would advise more cellar time if you have the patience for it--say 2020 to 2040 at a rough guess; this one has certainly room to grow and is not at its peak yet; of course a 12 year old Yquem is still a baby.
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