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Finissimo Bio

by Agostoni
Info Details
Country Italy   
Type Milk Chocolate   (32%)
Strain Blend   
Source
Flavor Fruits & Flowers   
Style Classic      
lo
med
hi
CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
Agostoni finesses this with all the guile of a Leonardo, just breaking the code.

Specifically, the master’s successive ultrathin layers – up to 30 or more – of paint & glaze — a technique called sfumato that give his works their dreamy subtlety. It renders a hazy quality to outlines & contours, & creates illusions filled with depth & shadow.

Sì, sfumato cioccolato al latte.

Oh, baby, just give it to me.


Ginevra de’ Benci by da Vinci, c. 1475
Appearance   3.8 / 5
Color: sandy blonde
Surface: sloughed
Temper: flat
Snap: middle range
Aroma   9.1 / 10
heads straight to the dairy fridge in the back of the supermarket, just stocked with crème anglaise / creme française, whipping cream, buttermilk, cream cheese, & cottage cheese... picks up along the way some strawberries + White Chocolate
Mouthfeel   12.7 / 15
Texture: round / voluptuous with minute grain
Melt: takes its time (better cancel that next appointment)
Flavor   45 / 50
flash strawberry-caramel burst -> vanilla drives it down, wading into more dairy fat territory -> dried date skin (very sweet, dark & in sync with Texture) -> blanks out some into light tiramisu custard made from White Chocolate -> sunsets golden butters (both cow & cocoa, a bit salted too)
Quality   17.2 / 20
Agostoni really aligns the elements on this one. Some well-placed flavor flags just tattoo the tongue. Strawberry & dates 'n cream unfolding with Prada-level design. Yet relatively light on the palate for such a heavy-bodied bar.

Basically the organic twin to Agostoni's Ricco. Both of 'em MC slayers.

Reviewed July 2, 2012

  

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