Wine Enthusiast 96-100
The fabulous bouquet offers aromas of old leather, old books, toasted marshmallow, pipe tobacco and deep scents of prune Danish. Entry is luscious, ripe and sweet but not cloying; the midpalate is concentrated, fruity, Sherry-like and caramelized. Concludes balanced and honeyed. A masterpiece.
The gold-highlighted mahogany colour and the complexity of the aromas - wine esters with distinctive balsamic notes - remind us of the brandy's lengthy presence in wood. The palate is medium-dry, smooth and full, with burnt undertones and hints of vanilla, followed by a long, pleasing finish.