Opened last night with dinner, with it showing quite a bit of acidity. 'bout 1/2 bottle left, re-tasting a day later. Nice and cool, ideal temp, and FWIW, goes great with a So Cal summer evening. When cool, this exhibits a green melon, with tart apple and lemon acidity, along with what is akin to a licorice/fennel note--just a shading of black licorice, I guess would be my descriptor. As it warms up, a little whiff of coconut/vanilla shows, and the fruit begins to fatten up some more, almost veering towards a yellow apple and lemon peel, hell, and even some orange oil. I tell you what, this is really two different expressions of wine based on the serving temp. At cool temps, I like this much more, as it's more vibrant and energetic. With a warmer temp, it's for me not as good, more easygoing and loses its edge. Given all this, I would say to drink now and serve cooler to really enjoy what is here, FWIW.
Brought to temp around 30 min before serving. As soon as I pulled the cork, white peach & apricot notes started wafting from the bottle. Those aromatics became more intense as it warmed along with some almond & floral notes. Dark clear golden color. The palate showed excellent intensity & brought similar stone fruit & hints of almond to the front. Moderately high acid brought good balance. Clean & approachable. Layered with excellent mid palate weight. Just a tad more acidity is my tiny wish for this wine.
Very nice white alternative wine that went great with scallops as well as many other seafood dishes at Anthony's last night! Pretty well balanced with enough acidity to work well with the food. No need to cellar any longer, drink up this spring with seafood.
Developing some really nice secondary characteristics as this wine hits two years in bottle. The sugars are toning themselves down and the oak melding very nicely. I picked up the toasted marshmallow that was mentioned earlier, and really enjoyed the crispness on the finish. I think it will age very nicely over the next few years. My favorite bottle so far from this vintage.
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(Carlisle The Derivative White) Light lemon yellow color; lifted, lemon oil, apple skin, floral nose; tight, tart lemon oil, mineral, tart citrus, apple palate; medium-plus finish (76% Semillon from Monte Rosso vineyard, 24% Muscadelle from Pagani Ranch)
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