90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Straw-gold color. Exotic aromas of pineapple, peach nectar and honey suggest a bit of noble rot. A densely packed, sweet fruit bomb on the palate, with a compelling roundness to its flavors of pineapple, orange, spicy oak and butterscotch. Full but not heavy, and much smoother than the Felino bottling. Has the strong fruit to buffer the pronounced oakiness on the finish.
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