93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008
($70) Pale green-yellow. Inviting tropical fruit aromas reminiscent of mango, pineapple and mandarin zest are complicated by nuances of spring meadow herbs. Powerful and juicy in the mouth, with an elegant, taut acid structure. The flavors of ripe pear, fresh hazelnut and wet rocks linger impressively, with terrific finesse. Offers superb potential for further development in bottle through 2022.
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