88 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008
($11) Very pale color. Aromas of mint, grapefruit, lime peel and dusty stone, plus a whiff of tropical fruits. Dense, juicy and bright, with intense, chewy flavors of lime and grapefruit pith, complicated by stone and tarragon. Impressively dry and fresh sauvignon, in a fruity and sappy rather than peppery style. Just a tad warm, but the label says it's only 12.5% alcohol.
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