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Lively aromas of apricot and persimmon, which gracefully lead to nuances of honey and lemon. The fruitful nose is complemented by vanilla spice and candied almond. The palate offers crisp and tart flavors of orange and lime rind, supported by a touch of roasted coffee. The finish is long and lingering.
93 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (Nov.12): "Fruit takes a back seat to minerals and yeast here, yet the wine is not cast in an especially toasty style and is closer in manner to an elegant, finely etched Blanc de Blancs than to a fuller Blanc de Noirs. Although a touch on the restrained side and a bit lean on the palate, it is a nonetheless a complete and wonderfully well-crafted wine with a very fine, creamy mousse, a cleansing bias to crispness and a rich and refined finish that seems to go on forever."
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec. 12): "Golden pale in color—this is so light and delicate on the palate, you’d never guess it was made almost entirely from Pinot Noir, with just 9% Chardonnay added. It tastes of lime and yeast, with a suggestion of strawberry, and has a soft, creamy mousse."
Enjoy as an aperitif, or with soft and nutty cheese, macadamia nut-crusted halibut or pork tenderloin
with fresh rosemary and lemon thyme.
Drink now or hold up 30 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.