Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Balblair 1991 Crozes-Hermitage Finish, 45%

Price: $140 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Distilled in October 1991, this 20 year old Private Collection expression of Balblair spent 40 months of secondary maturation in casks sourced from Crozes-Hermitage, the largest AOC in the northern Rhône wine-producing region of France. The nose offers red currants, sultanas, vanilla, and white pepper. The palate is initially soft and sweet, with summer fruits, but gradually darkens and dries. The finish features dark chocolate and raisins. 2,000 bottles.