Chichibu Port Pipe 2009, 54.5%

Price: $152 Issue: Winter 2013 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Matured in 500-liter port pipes, the color is that of a Provence rosé wine. Young, but the oak is apparent. Though it's slightly hot when neat, there is distinct raspberry and cranberry fruitiness, nettles, grass, and, with water, chalk. Sweet on the tip of the tongue, there are little glimpses of raspberry fool and some caramelized notes from the cask, but it's not yet fully integrated.£95