Deep straw color. A warm nose of smoky, toasty oak (60% new Burgundian oak barrels were used), crème brulee (with the burnt sugar on top!), poached pear, roasted nuts and a spritz of lemon-lime. The wine expands in the mouth, coating the palate. The after-flavor of buttery, spiced, honey-kissed fruit lingers for nearly a minute. This smells, tastes and satisfies like the best Grand Cru Burgundies and, in comparison, this is a bargain.
MSRP: $55 (July 2012)
Wine Lines rating: 93