Campbells Isabella Rare Rutherglen Tokay
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
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- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
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- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
98 pts.Wine Spectator: May 15, 2002
Dense, rich, syrupy and utterly seductive, a sensational sweet dessert wine that drapes itself all over the palate, offering dried cherry and prune flavors at the core, with coffee, tar, brazil nut and sweet spices weaving through the finish as it sails on and on (and on). It manages to balance sweetness with refinement.
98 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: December, 2006
The more ancient soleras (usually the base wine is well over 60 years of age) are bottled under the “Rare” caption, and often flirt with perfection. The non-vintage Rare Tokay Isabella is slightly less sweet (293 grams of residual sugar per liter) with a lighter amber color than the Muscat Merchant Prince. Nevertheless, it possesses superb intensity as well as palate presence with hints of honeysuckle, raisins, black tea, marmalade, and toffee. This is an extraordinary beverage that must be tasted to be believed.
97 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: October, 2002
The prodigious non-vintage Rare Tokay Isabelle exhibits a dark amber color as well as acidity, and a penetrating, pungent bouquet of prunes, raisins, tea, marmalade, maple syrup, and coffee. It is enormously rich and unctuous. In spite of all the sweetness, its acid profile prevents it from being cloying or heavy. This is a remarkable effort with levels of texture and richness that must be tasted to be believed.