Martinez – 5 Years Old – Marsala Superiore Riserva Dolce

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Amber colour, with a slightly green tinge indicating a lot of maturity. Very intense nose; this is a traditional style that has got a long oak aging, and also with oxidation – or I should say, oxidative character – that has given complexity here. I get some sweet spices like vanilla; and, well, quite a lot actually, like a spice box, with some creamy notes of vanilla, butter, dried candied fruit, with some notes of honey and tobacco. The palate is sweet, and you also feel a good level of alcohol here, it’s in a fortified style. And I think in this case actually the alcohol is contributing with freshness, tampering that sweetness. I like the palate a lot, it has a very nutty character, with notes of walnut, spices. Nicely rounded, with a very generous, long and viscous finish, with a nice level of sweetness; good complexity and drinkability.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.