87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Yellow-gold. Poached pear and honey on the nose, with sexy floral and spice notes adding complexity. Warm and round in the mouth, showing slightly loose-knit orchard and tropical fruit flavors and a kick of bitter pear skin. The finish is broad but firm and repeats the pear note.
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