Vivid yellow. Musky, spice-accented aromas of nectarine, poached pear and chamomile, with a chalky mineral overtone. Juicy and palate-staining, offering densely packed orchard fruit and orange pith flavors accented by nutmeg, white pepper and candied ginger. Finishes smoky and very long, with resonating spiciness and excellent clarity.
92 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Dec 2013)
Lively, with good balance and subtle flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon, chalk and spice. Lightly crunchy, with a fresh, lip-smacking finish. Drink now. 41,000 cases made.
91 points, Wine Spectator (Dec 2011)
This Grand Reserve, a blend of the ’05, ’06 and ’07 vintages, has a higher proportion of chardonnay than the Brut Excellence. It is bold, savory and intense, powered by flinty minerality. The citrus flavors broaden into the finish, almost blunt in their density. It should develop well with a year or two in bottle.
90 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2011)