89 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011
(70% marsanne and 30% roussanne) Pale gold. Exotic aromas of orange peel, nectarine, jasmine and minerals. Shows viognier-like character, with strong orchard and pit fruit flavors and gentle florality. Weighty and slightly warm on the long finish, which repeats the nectarine note. Half this wine was raised in older casks and the other half in tank.
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