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Community Tasting Notes (69) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • clear and bright medium lemon
    pronounced developing aromas vanilla walnut ripe pineapple, lemons, cream and tertiary aroma of cauliflower
    dry, creamy, medium plus acidity, high alcohol 14%
    full body, rich mouthfeel, long finish
    excellent with the exception of the alcohol
    The wine looks yellow gold colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like vanilla, walnut, green beans, lemon and pineapple. It tastes like honeydew, pineapple, banana, vanilla, oak, alcohol/hot and butterscotch. The body is full. The wine has oily texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has high acidity.

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  • The wine is clear and bright with a medium lemon colour.

    The nose is clean and developing, showing pronounced intensity aromas of oak (vanilla, walnut), developed green fruit (quince), stone fruit (ripe peaches), tropical fruit (very ripe pineapple) and MLF (cream).

    The wine is dry in the mouth with a medium(+) refreshing acidity. It has low soft tannins and a high well-integrated alcohol. It has a full body with an unctuous texture and pronounced intensity flavours of oak (vanilla, walnut), developed green fruit (quince), stone fruit (ripe peaches), tropical fruit (very ripe pineapple) and MLF (cream). The finish is long.

    It is an outstanding quality wine. It has a lingering finish and a lot of fruit concentration. Its concentrated flavours are well-balanced b the high alcohol supported by the freshness provided by the acidity. It also shows complexity provided by well-integrated oak and MLF aromas that do not mask the fruit character.

    Can drink now, but it has enough acidic structure and fruit concentration to develop some more tertiary honeyed and nutty aromas and integrate even better the oaky notes in an elegant bouquet over the next 2-3 years.

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  • Enjoyed with sharp cheddar & smoked Gouda

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  • Solid Chard. Great wine.

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  • Receding clove spice aromas. Orange zest. Getting into that 5 years from vintage date, SWEET SPOT!!
    Took to Yuzu.
    Day 2. Gets a little richer on the palate. Picks up on the meaty jus of the short rib cooking. oak is receding, but shows as lingering spice. The charm of sandalwood. Orange zest. Persistent mineral on the finish. Very stony. Akin to struck rock, but more kernel-ish and less sulphur-like. Wow. Drink to 2019.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165, (See more on Vinous...)

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    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

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