Popped and poured, golden hue. Pretty aromas of lemon slices, lime zest, wet wool, jasmine and mineral water. Moderate body. On the palate, this shows additional notes of citrus along with fruit which veers more towards sliced apples and pears along with a touch of honeyed spice from oak. Decent acidity adds to an excellent, lingering impression of minerals on the close. Although very nice right now, it seems somewhat closed and could use a few more years to both open up and further integrate the oak.
Day 2 update: Largely unchanged on the nose, although the aromas seem even prettier and show a beautiful, honeyed-lemon complexity. The palate has become more steely, with distinct mineral notes emerging (much closer to how it showed on release). Upon reflecting on yesterday's showing, I'd say the Sémillon element is a bit taught and the extra day allowed it to loosen up a bit. Really, this is a great CA white, it's just not the right time to open it.
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.
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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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