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It has an aroma that has hints of lemon, fig and a minerally, smoky quality that is intriguing. The flavors are spicy and the wine finishes with freshness and a textural quality or minerality that lingers in a lovely way. There is something about this wine that makes it easy to enjoy glass after glass.
93 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Nov. 12): "Rich, well-defined and very lively with deep aromas of fresh figs, herbs and a bare kiss of oak, this carefully crafted wine is both rich and well-polished with plentiful varietal fruit and exemplary balance. Its mouth-watering acidity enlivens and lengthens without ever seeming at all intrusive, and there is a structural seamlessness about the wine that simply sets it apart."
91 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2012): "Very pale green-tinged yellow. Delicate aromas of citrus zest, graphite, lavender and dusty minerals. At once supple and bracing, with dense but penetrating flavors of lemon, tangerine and quinine. Very concentrated, extract-rich sauvignon with impressive palate presence."
90 points, The Wine Advocate (Aug. 12, #202): "This is an especially broad-shouldered, full-bodied Sauvignon with serious depth and a layered personality that is highly appealing. Mint, sage and white peaches wrap around the finish. The personality of the year comes through loud and clear."
Recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.