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2011 Carlisle Winery The Derivative White Wine Sonoma County

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(66% semillon, 24% muscadelle and 10% chasselas):  Light, bright gold.  Fresh lemon, pear and pungent herb scents are brightened by zesty minerals.  Concentrated, focused and deep, with strong citrus pith, orchard fruit and tarragon flavors sharpened by notes of bitter quinine and green tea.  Gains weight with aeration but at no expense of vivacity.  Strikes a suave balance of finesse and power, finishing with an exotic floral flourish and excellent length.

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