89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Light-medium bright yellow. Reticent aromas of yellow plum and clove. Supple and smooth but a bit youthfully unforthcoming, with chewy, rather dry yellow fruit and mineral flavors that are somewhat muted by the wine's alcohol today. Showing more spicy oak than primary fruit today.
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