(2019) Very slightly lighter in colour than the Ribolla, but delightful lemon peel, hay and straw like aromas, a little 'brighter' than the Ribolla, but perhaps lacking a little of the intensity. It certainly has more vivacious brightness on the palate, still that dry tobacco and tannin finish, a dry Fino character, but that little bit more orthodox.
(2019) Glowing amber/gold. So ripe, notes of dried apricot and tobacco, light, sweet earth, a touch of spice. Dry and chewy density on the palate, the high lemon rind and lime acidity against the soft, smoky tobacco, but very pure and long, lots of salinity in the finish.
(2019) Perhaps even a touch more colour than the 2008, a tinge of orange to ruby. Leafier, a slight more damp leaf character, but then creamy ripe fruit comes through. very dry and grippy, the spices and the tang of citrus skins, grippy, touches of chocolate and creaminess, such a complex profile, again dried apricot.
(2019) Orange peel and spices, nuttiness, salts and fragrant tobacco spices. The palate has huge presence and grip, a touch of toffee and sour lemon, the bitter character so grippy and fascinating, a touch of Botrytis evident, finishing with such spicy intensity.
(2019) Verging on brown, deep colour with a russet touch. Lots of caramel and spice, almost minty, with the dried fruits in the background. In the mouth it has spices and lovely leafiniess, mellow but still so tangy, so vibrant in terms of acidity and the fruit that is definitely still there.
(2019) A very warm vintage, This was bottled 2012 and released in 2018. Dark, almost coffee-coloured wine, with lots of briar and leafy damp forest floor, a touch of clove and medicinal character. The palate surprises with its initial fruit sweetness, the tang is almost sherbetty, in a fascinating wine, cocoa and coffee moving into that pin-sharp, salty finish. Is it a touch too saline and dry? Maybe for some, but I found this fascinating and compelling.
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