91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2002
($120) Subtly spicy aromas of tea, menthol and nutmeg. Penetrating, vineyard-typical flavors of spices, minerals and wet stone. Dense but rather uncompromising wine that avoids dryness. Rather light on its feet. Finishes with a note of butterscotch. From a yield Guffens described as "normal," in contrast to some of the other 2000s bottled under this label.
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