Deeper yellow; whoa intense nose, butter, vanilla cream, banana, persimmon, mango, beeswax, really interesting, much less mineral than before; nice spice, sweet yellow fruit, waxy, tons of lanolin, lower acid but a nice bitter prickle adds some complexity and balance though the minerality and cut seems to be less in this bottle Than previous; very good.
Rich golden color, suggests some bottle age. Floral and orange citrus, some lanolin, and strongly mineral. The mouth is packed with orange/tangerine flavors and some apricot. Not highly acidic, full bodied and rich-textured, but manages to avoid being flabby and thick. Free of any aroma or flavor that would indicate that it's over the hill, but probably should drink in the near term. Wonderful. I'd buy more if I found it for near-term drinking.
Quick note: Dry, lemon/stone fruit & floral notes, waxy white Rhone funk prominent upon opening but dissipating somewhat with time. Good acid and a sense of minerality, with the taut structure opening up and becoming more generous with time in the glass. Still lean but delightful by the end of the bottle, 91ish.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Yellow with a hint of green, lighter than previous bottle; beeswax, lanolin, rocky, taut, white flower, reminds me of Springtime for some reason; cream, rich, complex, pear, egg yolk, finishes with minerality and acid gives great lift like a chubby person wearing Under Armour; a little different from previous bottle but still extremely delicious; cannot recommend this enough.
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