Chris Blanchard, MS
Lovely, earthy nose of white mushroom, cheese rind, candied violets and lemon candy. There is an intense ripe grapefruit, tangerine and orange cake frosting nose, that hints of the possibility of sweetness to come. It is perfumed and floral, like gardenias in bloom with a muskiness and the impression of canned pears and lychee.
The mouth feel is rich and intense, vibrant and fat, but I don’t detect sweetness as I suspected in the nose. In fact, the wine is brimming with ripe, rich fruits and underlined by a verve of acidity that sneaks up on you, past the fruit, to finish with electricity. This taste like a German Riesling in a warm year from the Pfalz. Absolutely stunning in its complexity which would be too long for me to write down all of the descriptors. However, the key words here are earthy, lychee, pear, orange, violets, gardenias, pear, musk and electricity. Try this with curry and carrot soup, tuna tartare or smoked salmon.