91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Light gold. Bright, high-pitched aromas of pear, honeysuckle and ginger, complemented by a hint of nectarine. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering zesty orchard fruit and orange pith flavors and a hint of honey. Gains flesh and power with air and finishes with clinging spiciness and a late note of bitter quinine.
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