Raney, Domaine de
Languedoc/Roussillon, France
Rivesaltes
Vin Doux Naturel Ambre
Viura
1948
$179.99
16.5%
Brown in hue, yellow rims, good clarity. Highly alcoholic nose, extremely nutty, cooked molasses, any fruit is green apple, yellow raisin to date, light floral whiff at the end. Medium-bodied, very rough texture. That green apple pierces the peach, apricot, yellow raisin fruit foundation. The nuttiness crests in the mid-palate. Orange marmalade, brown sugar, floral water. Not quite monochrome and now or then shifts all but imperceptibly. Unforced length and ends on a brighter uptick.
89 points

Side note: FWIW, bottle consumed November 2017 was slightly better. Assume a good bit of bottle variation.