no stars Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2004
($104; this aged for four years in barrel, then spent another five months in cuve prior to bottling) Pale gold color. Exotic aromas of honey, marzipan, baked bread, nuts and spices. Fat, dense and chewy with extract; lush, superripe and extremely long on the back. But a distinctly extreme style of wine; some tasters will be put off by the notes of whiskey and walnut skin. As it opened in the glass, I was reminded of Tokaji and vin jaune I don't know how to put a number to this.
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