Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty almond. On the palate, one finds lively citrus, toast and apple flavors overlaid with persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and toasty finish.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - This wine shows lots of finesse for the price. The mousse is exceptionally refined, carrying complex flavors of limes, strawberries, brioche, vanilla and honey. The blend is mostly Pinot Noir, with about 9% Chardonnay. (Nov 2013)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Ultimate Wine Challenge 2011 Finalist. Yeasty, matchstick scent. Smoky minerality infuses this wine’s wild strawberry flavors with a savory push-pull that’s addictive and tasty. It’s full and graceful, shaped by the fine acidity and tiny bubbles. Dried herbs, especially oregano, adds further intrigue. (May 2011)
Wine Spectator 90 points - Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2012. 103,000 cases made. –TF
The #78 in Wine Spectator’s 2009 Top 100 (Nov 15 /200)