We don't have a lot of this style wine, so I didn't even bother attempting to do the whole "blind" thing. To keep it fair though, I did make Fran buy it - a trend I hope to continue. Twelve bucks for a half bottle at Costco - not exactly cheap, but a little goes a long way.
Caramel, brown sugar, and raisin on the nose.
Truly outstanding. Incredibly complex, deep, and delicious - raisin, vanilla, dried apricot, nuts, figs, maple syrup, toffee - thick, sugary, syrupy. There's also a distinct old timey sarsaparilla thing - makes me want to break out my widdling set.
The root beer really comes out late on the finish - we're talking a finish that lingers in the minutes.
This might not be for everyone - even those who like dessert wine may find it to be a bit much, but for me - I'm sold.
Score: 93+* (*not blind)