89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
(aged in 50% each new and once-used French oak): Medium yellow. Musky, sexy charred oak currently dominates aromas of nectarine, overripe pear, fig, ginger and minerals. Supple and broad, with a touch of sweetness to the mid-palate; a bit less complex in the mouth than on the nose. Finishes ripe and spicy, with a note of butterscotch.
88 Points | Wine Spectator
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