88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
(from a 1935 planting in Yountville, picked at a modest 20 degrees Brix, according to Bob Foley, who does not use barrels for this wine or put it through malolactic fermentation): Lemon and grapefruit aromas accented by pungent botanical herbs. Dense and juicy but not fat; boasts a creamy middle, but with a spine of grapefruity acidity and a whiff of tea enlivening the musky citrus and white flower flavors.
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