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2003 Masies d’Avinyo Abadal Pla de Bages Seleccio

Surprisingly lush, the Cabernet Franc offers cured tobacco leaf, wrapped in some silky blackberry, black cherry and mocha from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Pencil lead shows up on the mid-palate. Tannins are dusty, fine. The Syrah flows under it all, offering a smoked meat/umami background, then coming to the fore with black pepper on the finish. This seems to just be hitting its stride now, breaking free from its tight, tart youth. Drink with flank steak. Highly recommended. DH
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Lustau Península Palo Cortado

Medium-light amber color. Medium intensity aromas of candied nuts, amaretto, caramel, figs, and honey. Dry on the palate, medium body, medium acidity, and flavors of candied almonds, dried citrus, honey, and burnt sugar; long off-dry finish. Match with mushroom or wild game pâtés. Highly recommended.
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Lustau Emilín Moscatel

Medium mahogany color. Medium intensity aromas of dried grapes, flowers, dried fruit, citrus zest, and raisins. Sweet on the palate, medium body, medium-low acidity, and flavors of overripe grapes, grape candy, baked raisins, candied lemon, flowers, and honey; medium sweet finish. Make a reduction with this wine and diced figs for an incredible ice cream topping. Recommended.
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Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo

Medium-deep mahogany color. Medium-high intensity aromas of fig, licorice, prunes, coffee, chocolates, and honey. Lusciously sweet on the palate, medium-full to full body, medium acidity, and flavors of dried fruits, figs, prunes, honey, caramel, and sticky coffee candies; long, sweet finish. An absolute must with any blue veined cheeses or sticky toffee pudding. Recommended.
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Hidalgo Alameda Cream

Medium-light mahogany color. Medium-low intensity aromas of straw, roasted hazelnuts, cooked citrus, and yeast. Sweet on the palate, medium body, medium-low acidity, and flavors of sweet cooked apple, cinnamon, walnut skin, and marzipan; medium, delicate sweet finish. Perfect alongside a plate of fresh figs drizzled in black pepper honey. Highly recommended.
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González Byass Solera 1847 Oloroso

Medium mahogany color. Medium intensity aromas of sweet honey, figs, and candied nuts. Off dry on the palate, medium-full body, medium acidity, and flavors of almonds, toffee, figs, and honey; medium-long off-dry finish. Serve with slow roasted pork shoulder with a fruit glaze. Recommended.