Age shows through the color, which is very dark, like a tawny port. On the nose it smells a little oxidized, a bit like port there, too. But on the palate, oh on the palate!, it was a whole other story. It was sweet, with honey and maple syrup running strongly under all the other flavors. Floating above the mouth-filling sweetness was a whole collection of flavors, from white flowers to toffee, all with a very light background of lemon, tart and acidic. The finish lasts absolutely forever, with all the flavors eventually fading but one, leaving a taste, even the sensation, of a patiently-sucked Werther's Origina Caramell. Drink it with me. Foie gras would work too, but I'd rather you drink it with me. Very highly recommended.

1976 Balbach Niersteiner Klostergarten Optima Trockenbeerenauslese

This wine was tasted for Open That Bottle Night 2011 on Palate Press: the online wine magazine.

Age shows through the color, which is very dark, like a tawny port. On the nose it smells a little oxidized, a bit like port there, too. But on the palate, oh on the palate!, it was a whole other story. It was sweet, with honey and maple syrup running strongly under all the other flavors. Floating above the mouth-filling sweetness was a whole collection of flavors, from white flowers to toffee, all with a very light background of lemon, tart and acidic. The finish lasts absolutely forever, with all the flavors eventually fading but one, leaving a taste, even the sensation, of a patiently-sucked Werther’s Original Caramel. Drink it with me. Foie gras would work too, but I’d rather you drink it with me. Very highly recommended.

WHO: Balbach
WHAT: Optima
WHERE: Niersteiner Klostergarten Vineyard, Rheinhessen, Germany
WHEN: 1976
HOW MUCH: $600 (Internet price)

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