88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
($17) Bright yellow-gold. Fragrant, spice-accented aromas of lemon zest, green apple, fennel and minerals. Sappy and fresh, with concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter jolt of citrus pith on the back half. Finishes with good, nervy cut, length and a hint of anise.
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