92-94 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2012
Pure, nuanced nose offers orange oil, hazelnut, almond and smoke. Rich and broad in the mouth, but with a surprisingly light touch to the rather powerful pineapple and orange blossom flavors. Quite fine and not at all heavy (this is 13.1% alcohol after a bit of chaptalization) thanks to firm underlying energy. Builds subtly and slowly on the firm back end. Evolving slowly.
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