When I put my nose in the glass, there was a very strong sense of tobacco, but we are talking about nice, sweet pipe tobacco. Also in the mouth, the tobacco continued, now backed up by blackcurrant fruit. I really liked this wine. It has aged well, and it had some real character and depth. Thanks Lisa, for saving this for us.
For dessert, I got to pick a suitable sweet wine from the shelfs in the basement. I found a German favorite from Rheingau. It was 2002 Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Auslese, from Weingut Johannishof. Also this wine was absolutely delicious, with some typical petroleum notes, but then a wonderful balance between sweetness and acidity, backed up by generous apricot fruit. What a nice wine finale for our American vacation.