NOM1139 - The nose is unique. I first detect a plum sweetness (stone fruit) that’s also slightly floral. There’s a pleasant fragrance that I assume comes from being rested in the wine barrels. There’s an underlying scent of cooked agave and some soft vegetal notes, akin to muted Espadin. I also get some faint honeysuckle. - I immediately taste the natural sweetness but then I get some white pepper on the mid palate. The sweetness isn’t cloyingly sweet. It’s equivalent to ripe red fruits. Some would say it has a feminine profile but I’m not a fan of that verbiage. The pepper is pleasant but fleeting. The buttery agave presents itself on the mid palate. The finish is clean with just a hint of lingering white pepper. - Overall it’s a unique and naturally sweet blanco. I think the Sauternes casks definitely had an impact on the spirit.
Loved the approach this brand did. The only thing I disliked was the finish… I appreciate the tannic-end, but it also came with a defect sensation (also had that in the blanco) Would love to understand/breakdown it’s profile to understand if it’s a chemical component I’m not familiar with and I’m classifying it as defect.
Aroma: Very pleasant, complex & unique floral personality Cooked agave is there, but covered by so many fun layers of citrus, spicy, fruity and floral notes. Depends on the drinker it can be good or bad. Too much complexity can overpower the agave notes that drinkers look for in a blanco expression. Citrus aromas are sweet (oranges & mandarin with a subtle note of bitter orange peel) Spicy aromas - potent black pepper / slight cinnamon Fruity aromas - apricot, peach, mango, caramelized fruits (this is a roller coaster experience influenced by the grand cru sauternes/cognac barrels) Floral aromas - honeysuckle and jasmine (barrel influence?) Flavors are very similar to its aroma personality just with more elegance at mid palate, then the finish is medium to long, but I did not enjoy it as i though I would (defects sensation). It left me a very subtle solvent-like bouquet. It was almost a perfect innovative product except for the finish. Would like to revisit…
agave, fruity, pepper — really enjoyed this
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