N: Starts on stewed vegetables, tomato sauce, with some more nectary / sweet notes emerging as time goes by. P: A sort of tart sherry profile, follows the nose closely with unusual spicy pasta sauce notes. Reminds me of some fist fill sherry casks by Murray McDavid that were bottled in the early 2000's. F: Gains some richness, more candied, like a Caramello or Cadbury Egg. This one starts a little round but keeps getting better towards the bottom of the glass.
Big honey nose, prunes, raisins, very sweet-smelling.
Palate is very sweet, stewed oranges, raisins, caramel, honey. Then general spices that linger in the finish. Definitely sherried but this is almost too much for me, too sweet. Many may like this, but too cloying to be enjoyable for me. The more I drink the less I want. Just not my thing.
p: prunes, prunes, prunes, prunes, prunes, prunes, and prunes. Maybe citrus and oak in the finish after the prunes flame out (and I do mean flame as it burns). This one tastes as dark as it looks. 7 years in a refill? That dark? Cripes, what was the first fill like? Winner. B+/A-