87 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2013
Light, bright yellow. Tropical fruits, cantaloupe, smoky vanillin oak and a note of char on the nose, lifted by soft citrus and spice notes. Moderately ripe and dry, with a somewhat pinched quality to the tropical fruit and fresh herb flavors. Not quite filled in. Tails off on the back end.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
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