In the glass it's a burnished bronze with an alluring rim of olive - illustrating the great age of some of the parcels that have gone into this wine. The nose is at first a cascade of walnuts toasted almonds and rancio (drying, mature complex oak character). It then opens up to dried fruits, pears and apples with a sprinkling of cinnamon spice, further inspection gives up toffee, dried figs and burnt butter. The palate is very lively, tingling with spice and lift - a fantastic balance of freshness and age, the sweetness kept in check by the rancio. It's complex, layered and focused with a silky mouthfeel and great lingering length.
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