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Community Tasting Notes (29) Avg Score: 89.3 points

  • medium gold, musty nose of roasted almonds. Oily, waxy, brown butter, roasted almonds, apricots.

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  • Fascinating as always. Light gold in colour, with a nose of oxidized nuts, nectarines, and musty butterscotch. Out of the fridge, it's all oxidation and acid; warm it up, and it improves immensely. You have to love oxidation and acid at least a bit to really enjoy this wine (I do, luckily), but there's some chenin blanc-like funky 'fruit' (wet wool, quince) as well. Very dry. A singular wine, one that encourages contemplation (or at least amazement). Hedonists should avoid it like the plague! But there's a real power and intensity to the wine. Thanks are due the producer for keeping their wines so anti-modern (A-)!

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  • 100% Viura.
    Aged 4 years in American oak barrels.
    Beautiful light gold color indicating some evolution.
    Wow! What complex and distinct nose it has with apricots, honey, sweet passion fruit, oak, vanilla and butter. It's difficult to describe what aromas this wine unveils. At first, it may reminds you a Riesling, but it's not that mineral and a mix of oak and fruits calls the attention along with some oxidation that becomes this wine even more interesting on the nose. On the palate, it's a bit austere, with oily texture, honeyed, very good acidity and medium aftertaste. This is a contemplative wine that needs a bit of concentration to perceive all nuances it has. Absolutely recommended!

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  • very rich, butterscotch, honeyed, lemon custard, nutty and a bit oxidized, complex and interested. Completely closed upon opening, revealed after an hour in the decanter.

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  • Complex aromas of burnt hazelnuts and apricots. This starts off like a fino sherry but quickly opens up with an explosion of flavors. It's a constantly shifting palate of apricots, vanilla, waxed fruit... I could go on but it would only get more ridiculous.

    This reminds me, a lot, of great white burgundy. Not so much the flavor profile as the way it develops in your mouth, with a complex and ever changing array of flavors. This bottle was a bargain at $25.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133, (See more on Vinous...)

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