The opening sniffings find scents of caramelized sugar and burnt match; later inhalations detect deeper scents of saddle leather, light maple and molasses. The palate entry is pleasingly sweet and intensely rum-like; at midpalate the sweetness diminishes slightly with flavors of maple, molasses, vanilla bean and cinnamon. Finishes shyly, but agreeably spicy. Best Buy.
85-89 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2005)