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United States of Vermouth - Eulalia Apéritif, NV Batch #1

  Eulalia Apéritif, NV Batch #1 Origin: Walla Walla Washington USA Producer: Hoquetus Wine Co. ABV: 18% Wine Base: Cabernet Franc (Rocks District) Known Botanicals: Gentian, Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Ginger Sugar: N/A Look – Nearly opaque deep purple garnet with sienna brown at edges. Nose – Raisin and dark cherry candy with hints of menthol and a firm clear alcohol. Mouth – Big raisin rush at front of taste that lingers long, followed by gentian bitterness (which also lingers through to the end of the taste). The end of the taste is introduced by an alcohol rush, followed by hint of bitter herbs, ending with the lingering gentian and smooth, long Cab Franc tannins. A gentle acidity sweeps over the entire taste. I was gifted this bottle in early 2023. When I opened it then, I was floored (in not a very pleasant way) by a mismatch of competing flavors. I put the bottle back on the shelf. Opening it up a year later, between having time for the flavors to mellow and mix – and a bit of oxidat

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