Thomas S. Moore
Peggy Noe Stevens
Nose: Smoky char wood and golden-brown sugar. Maple syrup and cornmeal with white pepper and herbal sage.
Palate: Pleasing palate with sweetness, but stops a little shy of spice notes. Herbal flavors remain, with faint Bosc pear.
Finish: Delicate. Stays in the lane of sweet and herbal notes. Oak does enter at the end with a smooth wash of tannins.
Comments: Very approachable and friendly. It does not try and overpower, but entertains as an easy-going drink.
Nose: Cinnamon-dusted peaches with hard candy sweetness. Nice balance between caramel, fruit, and spice.
Palate: Rich mouthfeel with milk chocolate and pecans muscling in on the fruit and caramel, which tend to be overwhelmed.
Finish: Oak comes on fast, crowding out the complex notes from the nose and palate. Peppery oak lingers.
Comments: Appealingly changeable. Sip with a small ice cube for more fruit, or use as a cocktail base.