Friday, December 7, 2012 - Pale gold, long legs. Slightly reticent nose of pear and caramel popcorn. Feels both fat and light in the mouth, with a round texture and delicate flavors. Caramelized pear, orange marmalade, bitter almond, and a little white chocolate s'more. Has that thing going on that I've only felt with fine Marsanne where the finish floats forever somewhere between your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Even if they're pressed together. Only complaint is that it ends just a little raw and hot.
My stated score is by the book. Subjectively, this is more like 92-94 points, mostly because it's such a unique and fascinating wine to come out of Napa. Then again, Francois Villard is a unique man to be making wine in Napa.