1998 Avignonesi Vin Santo (375ml)

SKU #1279862 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque dark amber; this coats the glass like motor oil or Pedro Ximenez sherry. Explosively intense aromas of sultanas, dried fig, vanilla, caramel, white chocolate, mocha and burnt brown sugar. Rich, viscous and supersweet, but with very high acidity lifting the amazingly concentrated flavors of raisin, fig, mocha and balsamic herbs. Finishes thick, rich and smooth, with truly amazing length. An exceptional example of a great sweet wine that is like a liquid vanilla-almond-caramel syrup. My only caveat is that ever since Avignonesi has held back release of this wine one more year (it is now aged ten years in small barrels just like the Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo), it seems to have become even thicker and to have lost a touch of clarity and cut. Still, this is simply an amazing wine: if I weren't worried about being charged with defaming it, I would recommending pouring it over vanilla ice cream. (ID)  (7/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Thick and heavy, this coats the palate with dried apricot, fig paste, caramel and molasses flavors. This is impressive for its concentration, but also comes clean on the finish, courtesy of bright acidity. Long, expansive finish. (BS)  (2/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Vin Santo di Montepulciano bursts from the glass with the essence of espresso, mocha, toffee, burnt sugar, hazelnuts and spices. The 1998 is an especially opulent version of the Vin Santo, even by this house’s standards. The finish lasts an eternity as the sweet, dense fruit flows through to the finish. As always, the Vin Santo shows elements of florality that distinguish it from the decidedly darker, brooding Occhio di Pernice, most of which can be attributed to the use of white grapes. The estate’s Vin Santo is Grechetto, Malvasia and Trebbiano that was first air-dried for six months, then vinified and aged for ten years in small oak barrels. (AG)  (10/2010)

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