Let’s call this a dessert wine, but you could easily serve it with a weekend brunch of scrambled eggs and smoked trout or salmon. It’s sweet in honey, tangerines and vanilla, brightened by zesty acidity. It would also be lovely as an afternoon apéritif.
Dark and plummy, a wine grown in a hot region where the grapes got very ripe and the acidity is low. As a result it’s got sweet dark berry and stone fruit flavors, but seems a little flat on the palate, with dusty tannins.
Although this dry, Musque-clone wine will go with just about anything, try it with a smoky, honey-baked ham sandwich on a lightly toasted sourdough baguette, slathered with Dijon mustard and garlicky mayo, and layered with sliced fresh tomato, butter lettuce, roasted red pepper and crumbly chevre. My goodness, pure heaven.
A bit too soft and simple, although it’s a pretty good wine with some nice blackberry jam, black cherry pie and cocoa-cinnamon flavors. This is a wine in progress, better than the 2002, but not quite as good as the 2001.