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Bee d’vine is refreshingly floral and perfumed. Distinctive white flower blossoms come to mind; a layered bouquet of almond, honey suckle and jasmine.
The combination of spring water and honey make it abuzz with a lively minerality; imagine the scent of soil, immediately after an evening summer rain in the proximity of a jasmine bush in bloom.
Earthen notes give way to hints of almond emphasized by a waxy texture, but the degree differs between the Demi Sec – with a silky mouth feel owing to its higher honey content – and the Brut, which is smooth but leaner.
Like the bouquet, the finish exhibits a stark difference from grape wine – crisp but not tannic – possessing a brininess that balances the honey notes. Tannin free honey wine produces a remarkably cleaner finish than grape wines.
This luxurious offering possesses such extraordinary unctuosity, thickness, complexity, and richness that it must be tasted to be believed. It is not just a big, thick sugar ball, because it has sound underlying acidity as well as remarkable complexity and freshness. A spoonful or two is enough for most non-gluttons to appreciate the riveting heights this cuvee represents. The wine possesses notes of smoke, roasted nuts, coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, prunes, honey, fruitcake, overripe orange/apricots, and remarkable spicy characters. This is a riveting example of a fortified dessert wine that I enthusiastically recommend.
[99 Points - Robert Parker]
The Rare Wine Co.
Sercial is the driest of the Madeira grapes. While there is still a hint of sweetness, as well as richness given the extended ageing and glycerine in the wine, the main characteristic is acidity, wonderful, jolting, intense acidity. While most desserts are out of the question with the Charleston Sercial, it still makes for a fine after dinner wine or a wonderful foil to a variety of dinner dishes.
"Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers." -Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
With a classic blend of late harvest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, Dolce is the only American winery dedicated to producing a single late harvest wine. Dolce has brought forth a wine in every vintage, yet in small, unpredictable quantities; witness to the incredible difficulties presented every year in the effort to make Dolce.
Dolce is an extraordinary wine bred from a combination of sunshine, soil, fog, expertise and dedication; a wondrous luxury, limited by nature to always being a gift of absurd rarity.
Ben Ryé 2016 offers an extraordinary rich bouquet with outstanding aromas obtained from the dried grapes: apricots and candied orange peel. It presents delicate hints of Mediterranean macchia. The palate is very fresh and intense, balancing perfectly the sweetness followed by a long and satisfying persistence.
It matches with caramelized duck, foie gras and blue cheeses. It goes well with pastries and gourmet chocolate like gianduja. Extraordinary alone, as a meditation wine.
Dark and intensely purple. Subtle aromas of rockrose and gum-cistus. There are layers of bitter chocolate flavors with the characteristic freshly-ground black pepper finish.
Only produced or 'declared' in years of exceptional quality and represent a very small percentage (2 - 3%) of total Port production. The backbone of Dow's Vintage Ports are drawn from the companies' finest vineyards, Quinta do Bomfim and Senhora da Riberia. Each property contributing to the wines unique character and class.
Aged in wood for approximately 2 years and bottled unfiltered, Dow Vintage Ports are considered to be amongst the finest Vintage Ports produced. These fine wines can be enjoyed young and vibrant or allowed to aged for many years in bottle, developing their very own style, very different from all wood aged Ports.
This rare and enticing Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc was made using fruit from a storied single vineyard in Sonoma County’s Knights Valley. Left to patiently ripen for an extra month, these grapes produced a rich, concentrated wine with alluring tropical aromas, pure sweet peach flavors and balancing acidity. To add complexity, it was aged on the lees for ten months in new oak.
Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, this dazzling late harvest wine begins with a beautiful nose of fragrant honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon blossom and caramel candy apple. On the palate, it is rich and silky, with notes of brown sugar and baking spices underscoring mouth-filling layers of lemon cream and citrus, all of which carry through to a lush and lingering finish.
This Pedro Ximénez is aged for 15 years in the solera system. A great nose of exotic spices and almost red fruits combine with more classic caramel overtones. With great acidity the wine is light on its feet and almost refreshing.
Originally conceived in 1995 by Sauternes expert Bill Blatch with the négociant firm Vintex, La Fleur d’Or combines top notch parcels of wine from small lesser-known properties as well as some from classified châteaux.
The vineyards of the numerous small estates are mostly in Barsac, where the misty morning microclimate encourages the growth of Botrytis cinerea. The average age of the vines is approximately 35 years, and the soils are predominately red ferruginous (iron-rich) clay with some gravel.
The botrytized grapes are hand-harvested, and the wine is traditionally vinified in small steel vats. The wine is then aged for one year in barrels, followed by an additional year in stainless steel vats. The final blend is always lively and fresh, with the hallmark notes of botrytis – a perfect wine for no fuss consumption.
The Rivetti family story begins in the 1890s, when Giovanni Rivetti, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians then, he dreamed of returning rich man, perhaps even one day able to make great wine in his homeland. He never did, though his son, Giuseppe “Pin” did. Pin married Lidia, bought vineyards and began to make wine. Robert Parker has called Giorgio Rivetti the hottest winemaker in Italy, saying "Everything Rivetti has touched recently seems to have turned to magic."
This light dessert wine offers sweet and sexy aromas of dried apricots and crisp pineapple. It surprises with its remarkable freshness and brilliant fruit flavors, bright acidity and a zingy finish. Outstanding balance and a light sparkle make this traditionally dessert wine also an appropriate choice for an aperitif or a refreshing splash with brunch.