A knockout punch – but one which must be taken patiently. To properly appreciate the power and complexity of this versatile companion, one must first treat the bottle to plenty of oxygen and make sure to avoid any hurry or distraction during the drinking process. A muscle-bound powerhouse clad in the finest silk, it boasts a dazzling aromatic diversity. An orchestral arrangement featuring plum, redcurrant, cherry, tobacco, pepper, mint, truffle, leather and chocolate, each instrument alternates between playing the lead and stepping back into the accompaniment depending on one’s phase of respiration. Brazil is much more than futebol, samba, and bikinis on the beach! This is bossa nova for palate and soul.
Pairings: Strong meat dishes and cheese platters
Storage potential: 10-13 years (can be significantly longer under ideal conditions)