International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120
($60; the highest in alcohol of these 2003s, at 15.8%; aged in 100% new oak) Bright, pale yellow. Aromas of pineapple, lime, flowers and spices. Glyceral-rich and seamless, with a flamboyant pineapple flavor lifted by pungent spice notes of nutmeg and ginger. From Peter Michael's La Carriere and Belle Cote vineyards.
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Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Slightly cloudy medium to light gold color with green tinges. Rather tight in the nose with some soap, lemon liqueur, toast, and vanilla spice nuances. Smooth with lots of sweet toasty oak and a good but not great level of fruit concentration. It really needs short term cellaring to shine but all of the components are there for greatness.
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