92 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2011
Medium green-yellow. Exotic, flamboyant aromas and flavors of lichee, yellow currant jelly, spicy pipe tobacco and chamomile. Then just as opulent in the mouth, with full, sweet, smooth fruit elegantly buffered by vibrant acids. Dried apricot joins in on the intense finish. This will continue to evolve for at least the next five years and should offer outstanding drinking pleasure until at least 2024.
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