88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($12) Light gold. Honeyed peach and pear on the nose, with a subtle smoky note adding complexity. Medium-weight orchard fruit flavors are enlivened by a tangy orange peel quality and pick up herbal notes with air. Finishes with good bite and an echo of honey. This is an excellent value.
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