Really nice, great value. This combines the profile of tropical Chardonnay, waxy Chenin Blanc and the slightly oxidative-sherried style of López de Heredia white (Viura). Smooth, drinking at point right now, nothing profound, just an easy satisfying summer white.
I'm glad I have another bottle of this as my last note did not do this justice- you have to dedicate time and attention to Abe's wines and I did not with my last bottle. The nose starts out with butterscotch and anise progressing to baked apple, a bit of caramel/toffee and even a hint of bacon. The palate is big but manages to keep the 15% abv fairly well hidden. Full-bodied with notes of butterscotch, herbs, and hazlenut. I personally prefer a bit more crispness, but a nice complexity makes up for it. Drinking well now or through 2013.
Once again, a total crowd-wower. I didn't need to sell it -- first sip found friends exclaiming and demanding explication. Butterscotch and an amazing refusal to self-classify along the mineral/buttery divide. The nose suggests you're diving into some stone, but upon arrival the malolactic elements are very pronounced. Fully rounded, butterscotch joy, with some grassy notes and some holiday spices in there to boot.
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