88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Full lemon-yellow color. Pineapple, peach and soft citrus scents on the ripe, inviting nose, along with oak notes of vanilla and butter. Ripe, round and harmonious in the mouth, with well-integrated acidity giving shape to the orchard and soft citrus fruit flavors. Not especially complex but supple and easy to drink. Finishes with good persistence.
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