92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
Pale yellow. Complex, mineral-tinged bouquet evokes dried citrus fruits, green apple, fresh flowers and anise. Dry and racy on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of melon. A toasty note emerges with air and carries through the long, smooth, ginger-accented finish. Very attractive and fruit-driven now but I suspect that a couple more years of more bottle age will bring benefits.
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