89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Light yellow-gold. Dried pear and nectarine aromas are complemented by notes of honey, vanilla and lemon pith. Pliant, expansive pit and orchard fruit flavors show good depth and become spicier and smokier with air. Shows a refreshing bitterness on the finish, which lingers with good, spicy intensity and length. Fatter than most Australian versions of the variety but in no way heavy.
Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste...
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