November 9, 2019 - Ponsot Clos de la Roche: Thick as motor oil, and one of the most concentrated tastes of wine you could imagine. A unique and pleasurable experience.
June 10, 2019 - A few times in a lifetime, you drink a wine that brings tears to your eyes and your body starts to shake from excitement. This just happened as I was decanting this for my supper with my wine buddies tonight. Easily one of the top five 100 points I have awarded. Just incredible. Thick unctuous, I'm talking Maple syrup consistency, the wine was silent as I poured it resembling light coca cola in colour. Black tea, marmalade, honey, brown sugar, coconut, mango, dried apricots, orange jam with a never ending finish. The greatest dessert wine I have ever had and probably will never have another like it again. Will last another 30 years.
June 27, 2018 - A thick, viscous dessert wine. Dark caramel color, doubt this will improve, but plenty of acidity to support it. Complex, changing with molasses, currant, citrus peel and fig. Fascinating and perfect with a savory cake with wild blackberry sauce. A classic of its kind, the Czars were apparently regular customers.
October 7, 2017 - Very sweet, but it does have good acidity. Feels mid 200g/l RS. Blind I'd call this as a Rutherford Muscat. The definition of raisiny. Lots here, but it's pretty forthright. Looks more like a light px. Super. ****
May 14, 2015 - This was the star at our wine tasting event. Lots of sediment stuck on the inside of the glass, this wine pours with a syrupy texture. Powerful nose of fig, raisins, and maple syrup. Taste like fig juice, syrupy with full body and long finish.
September 14, 2014 - Very dark olive/amber. Viscous, very rich. Raisins, prunes, marmalade, Chinese hawthorn, dates, figs and Christmas pudding. Amazing complexity. Very sweet and luscious but also searing acidity to balance it. The fruit seems a bit dried out and lacking in freshness but that's a minor quibble. Very concentrated; even a little sip stays in the mouth a very long time, even after drinking water. Probably close to immortal. 21 years old and opened to celebrate the 21st birthday of my daughter.
July 6, 2014 - Hard to score this one. Tastes a bit like liquid baclava with a hint of orange marmalade. Very unique and noticeably dense with sweetness. You need some folks over to finish this one off as a little goes a long ways.
January 14, 2012 - Football and Wines from the 90s @ Mike J (Wilton, CT): Fantastic wine. The flavors are heavier than the riesling served next to it, but it is every bit as focused and cut. Shimmers on the palate.
December 10, 2011 - Wow. A great sweet wine with some back bone. Coffee liquor notes as well as apricot, figs, honey, nuts, orange rind, and flowers. Rich but elegant. A little glass is enough and stores well in the fridge for a week. Not sure there is more to ask for in a sweet wine. Thanks Eric!
January 8, 2011 - First bottle of Tokaji, and what a bottle!
This was bought as a gift for my father and I was a bit worried about the appearance. The bottle was totally opaque black with just the faintest touch of cloudy amber visible around the base where the light could shine through. More worryingly there was a large amount of what looked like sediment encrusted to the side of the bottle. After double-decanting the wine it was clear this wasn't going to come off, but it didn't affect the wine, at least as far as I can tell.
The nearest I can come to describing the aroma of this wine is a mixture of Sauternes and port. It's astonishingly rich and full of fruit, although I didn't have too much time to enjoy it before pouring it out; a thick, almost syrupy consistency. My brother described the taste as "like lots of different fruits that have gone a bit rancid, but in a good way". Lots of prune, raisin, orange etc. It tastes like an extremely old bottle of exotic desert wine- the sort of thing you read about being dredged up from under the sea from an 18th century shipwreck. It's extremely hard to believe it's not yet reached 20 years old.
It's intensely sweet- possibly one of the sweetest things I've ever tasted, but oddly not cloying at all. There's a decent amount of acidity to balance the fruit, and the result is a very drinkable wine. Having said that this is not a wine to quaff. One small (sherry-sized) glass can easily last an hour (although whether it does depends on who you're sharing with). All my favorite wines can offer you a new subtlety with every sip, and this is certainly no exception.
The finish was still detectable about half an hour later. This is a wine that goes on and on. We had it with Foie Gras, which was a truly delicious combination.