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The nose opens with intense tropical fruit, créme brûlée, honeysuckle and melon aromas. The layered palate has flavors of green apple, butterscotch, Meyer lemon and poached pear. French oak provides a touch of spice with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. This rich and medium bodied offering has great balance and a soft mouthfeel.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (July 2011): “…rich in pineapple, pear, green apple and oak flavors, and is a little sweet. But it has brisk acidity and a nice scour of minerality.”
92 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May/June 2011): “Sexy nose combines mandarin orange, spiced apple, flowers and minerals. Rich but with a firm spine of acidity…graceful Chardonnay…”
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (May 2011): "Its crème brûlée oak and ripe Golden Delicious apple fruit may veer to the obvious side, but they never lack for expressiveness, and, with a clear drift towards refinement on its side in its moderated size..."
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This wine was featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.