This wine took a long time to open up and was still improving four hours later when retasted at the end of the night.  The first impression score was maybe a 90 and eventually it got up to 99.  Really impressive but if opening, give it air or time.  Medium deep golden in color.  The nose has oak, vanilla and lemon.  With air a metallic not comes and goes.  Then a buttery quality which stays although moves more into the background.  Eventually, some orange citrus and floral notes with a great underlying minerality.  The palate also goes thru a wild ride starting off tight and oak driven, then going thru a lemon candy drop phase before settling in with a nice lemon cream quality.  Deep and complex and intense.  It worked with all night with a wide variety of dishes though it really does overwhelm the food thru sheer force of its personality.  Long finish.  

This is the third time I have been lucky enough to drink this.  Once it was amazing, once it failed to show well and now I believe that bottle just needed more time/air.  While bad bottles happen, this is a great example of being patient and giving the bottle a chance.

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Grade: 
A+
Score: 
99
Vintage: 
2012
Current Price: 
$375.00USD

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