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2007 De Bortoli Wines Semillon Noble One Botrytis New South Wales (half bottle)
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2009

($32; for 375 ml.) Bright gold. A complex bouquet of orange marmalade, apricot nectar, floral honey and lemon rind, along with a subtle note of marzipan. Deeply concentrated pit fruit flavors are complemented by brown butter, vanilla and candied orange peel, with notes of toasted nuts and baking spices in the background. Luscious and very sweet but not cloying, with gentle acidity adding spine and helping to carry the pit fruit-dominated finish.

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Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste...
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