91 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2011
Medium green-yellow. Crisp Golden Delicious apple, lemon thyme and a kiss of orange make for an inviting bouquet. Becomes more complex on the palate, where juicy acidity toys with deliciously sweet mango complemented by black pepper and flinty minerals. Racy acidity highlights the fruit on the minerally back end. Ready to drink now, but this will easily last though 2021.
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