Even better than a prior bottle of three months ago, and again better upon warming slightly from cellar temperature. On the nose, peach, pineapple, and papaya, with a creamy, yeasty note. On the palate, lemon/lime and papaya with notes of creme brulee and nutmeg. Great.
Nose: Pretty muted; I really have to concentrate to get much of anything. Faint mixed tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, cantaloupe, and mango. I don't really get any secondary notes except for some oak. And some alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Bloated and oily.
Palate: Really just nothing going on. Vacant from the initial attack through to the finish. No real fruit to speak of, watery due to lack of concentration, and flabby due to lack of acid. There are vague flavors of buttery vanilla oak and alcohol, and a short, bitter finish.
I have nothing good to say about this wine, which is really disappointing considering the reputation of the winery and the vineyard, the price, and the fact that I love the Rhone wines of Francois Villard, who collaborated on this project. This would be bad at half the price, to be honest.
Aromas of freshly cut green apple and lemon curd evolved into nutmeg, pear and canteloupe as the wine warmed in the glass. On the palate, a similar experience -- starting with tart green apple and spritz of citrus, and opening to pear and creamy notes. Nice acidity; a touch hot. An interesting wine.
This was a really interesting wine. Light golden color with an almost light brown tint. Nutty, bready, vanilla and stone fruit nose, and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied, oily, and viscous on the palate, with nut oil, marshmellow, and a bit of an herbal note. Alcohol is definitely spiking on the finish as well. Low to moderate acid and long finish, but the alcohol is carrying it on the back end. I'm really torn on this wine; on the one hand I want to give it 92-94 for its interesting qualities, texture and finish, but on the other the heat detracts and I'd love to trade some of it for some acid instead. This is a big boy, hedonistic white that I think will be polarizing. Wish I had more to age a bit and see what happens.
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