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About Grechetto

(Synonyms: Greca del Piemonte, Grecherello, Grechetto bianco, Grechetto di Todi, Grechetto Nostrale, Greco, Greco bianco di Perugia, Greco Gentile, Greco Spoletino, Montanarino Bianco, Montanaro, Occhietto, Pignoletto, Pistillo, Pizzinculo, Pocinculo, Pulce, Pulcincolo, Pulcinculo bianco, Pulcinculu, Pulcinella, Stroppa Volpe, Strozza Volpe, Strozzavolpe, Uva di San Marino)


Grechetto grapes Map showing the Umbria region of Italy

Grechetto is a white-wine grape originating in Greece (hence the name) but now grown almost exclusively in central Italy, notably in the region of Umbria. It is important to not confuse Grechetto with the similarly named but quite distinct Greco grape.

Grechetto was and is often used in blends, notably Orvieto, and not so often bottled as a monovarietal, though with its rapidly rising reputation, that is changing. Formerly, its contribution to Orvieto was usually small (sometimes zero), but nowadays, with its rising prestige, it is included in ever-higher percentages (though 45% is the legal maximum). To bottle a monovarietal, most producers must use the normally lowly designation "Umbria" (lowly because so generic, sort of like "California" for a U.S. wine). The Colli Martani appellation, however, does allow 100% Grechetto wines to be so labelled.

The most noteworthy type of Grechetto is probably the Grechetto di Todi (Todi being a legal D.O.C., or appellation); there is also a Grechetto Spolentino. While the di Todi seems preferred, both sorts have their partisans. (Technically, the di Todi variety is "clone g%' and other Grechettos are "clone g109".)

The wines are typically light in color, medium-bodied (sometimes even full-bodied), with distinct acidity and tree-fruit and citrus aromas and flavors. It does not usually see oak, but some producers do make oaked bottlings, often with malolactic fermentations (which gives the rich, buttery quality so many Chardonnays possess). Many reviewers also speak of a distinctly nut-like overtone (almonds are usually cited, but also hazelnuts) to the taste, and some minerality.

Grechetto, like many white-wine grapes with long growing seasons, is also used to make sweet dessert wines, in this case wines of some fame.

Factoid: The ancient Roman historian Pliny the Elder, in his work, Historia Naturalis wrote Peculiaris est tudernis (it is typical of Todi), in reference to Grechetto di Todi's slightly bitter aftertaste.

Some Descriptions of Grechetto Wines

  • Wikipedia

    "The Grechetto vine is low yielding and able to produce concentrated flavors. The grape is primarily used as a blending grape where it adds richness and structure to the wines. It is most often blended with Chardonnay, Trebbiano, Malvasia and Verdello. In Umbria, Grechetto can add herbal and nutty flavors to the wine."

  • Wine Searcher

    "Since the late 20th Century, its reputation has significantly improved and Grechetto is now regarded as one of the finest white wine grapes in the region. . . A low-yielding vine, Grechetto has traditionally been only a minor constituent in Orvieto wine. The modern trend is to utilize Grechetto to the maximum allowed proportions, improving the overall aromatic quality of the blend."

  • Umbria on the Blog

    "Grechetto di Todi DOC has a typical intense straw yellow colour, the aroma is rich in delicate floral and fruity notes, like green apple, pear, pineapple, and citrus with hints of vanilla and spices in the versions refined in oak. The taste is soft, well balanced, pleasantly fruity, so incredibly complex and elegant that it can be matched not only with vegetable-based first courses but also with soft cheeses and white meat, definitely the best companion in our summer meals."

  • Petersham Cellar

    "Wines produced with Grechetto usually have an average body, sometimes a full body as well, with colors ranging from greenish yellow to golden yellow. The most common wine making technique for Grechetto makes use of inert containers, however some Umbrian producers tend to favor the cask or barrique. Barrique and cask are generally used for wines in which Grechetto is blended to Chardonnay, however it is not uncommon to find 100% Grechetto wines fermented or aged in cask or barrique."

  • TWC Imports

    "The key for the grape seems to be (low) temperature-controlled fermentation to enhance the unique aromatics of the wine. Straw-yellow colour, with greenish tinges, typically, the aromas and flavours of Grechetto are reminiscent of apples, pears, white peaches, wild flowers, and lime citrus, with notes of almonds. Usually made in a medium- to full-bodied style, there’s sufficient acidity to make Grechetto a very good food wine."

  • Colle Uncinano

    "From this grapes we can produce fine wines characterized by a straw-yellow colour with greenish highlights that become deeply golden when the wine matures through some years or is completely refined in barrique cellars. Wines produced by Grechetto have a mothley [sic] bouquet profile. In fact, the prevailing aromas are the fruity ones like pear and apple, dried fruits (nut), tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, kiwi and grapefruit) and floral scents (hawthorn and broom, sometimes even chamomile and acacia). The refining in barrique cellar gives Grechetto scents of vanilla and cintraging, even though wood organoleptic qualities never prevail on wine’s aromatic characteristics. Tasting says that Grechetto is dry with a balanced acidity and structure. The refining, in barrique cellars, helps acidity perception and, at the same time, brings out wine’s smoothness and structure."

  • Cork Quiz

    "Varietal Grechetto produces a dry, straw colored, medium to full bodied aromatic wine."

Some Grechettos to Try

(About this list.)

There are quite a few bottlings of Grechetto available, just about all reasonably priced, though not a few are carried by only a very small number of retailers. Of those you should be readily able to obtain, here is a good sampling.

The quotations below are excerpts; we strenuously urge you to click on the green diamond symbol by each quoted review to see the full article.
  • Sportoletti Assisi Grechetto, $11 - $15.
    (Assissi appellation.)

    Some quotations and facts:

    Straw yellow with green highlights. The nose is genuine and fresh and starts from hints of white peach, followed by acacia aromas and ends with herbs and lemon shades. Velvety and sapid in the mouth with sparkling freshness. Stainless steel tanks only. Enjoy with spinach and ricotta ravioli. To the nose is delicate and quite intense with notes of fruity sensations of white peach and golden apple and hints of flowery notes of jasmine and broom. Colour of wine: Straw yellow-coloured with bright golden tones. On the palate it has a warm and soft opening with ripe fruit aromas and biscuits; good structure and freshness. Extraordinary for the quality/price ratio.

    [T]his white is intriguing for it's lemon and white stone fruit aromas and flavors. Assisi is very steep and very hilly. I can imagine the efforts to harvest these grapes. Bright and focused on the palate, this is very nice. 87-89 points.

    ♣ Wine Advocate (dates unknown, vintages shown), 2001, 2007, 2009: 89 points each.

    ♣ Wine Spectator (dates unknown, vintages shown): 1997, 85; 1998, 87; 1999, 77; 2000, 84; 2003, 85; 2005, 90; 2009, 86.

    The 2009 Grechetto Assisi Bianco is an absolutely beautiful white graced with generous fruit, expressive aromatics and a long, inviting finish. Drink this crisp Grechetto over the next year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2011. It’s nice to see Sportoletti back in the US market. These new releases are all highly recommended. Even better, they won’t break the bank.

    Intense and developed if not exactly subtle or complex fruit; a dry finish. A bit simple. Tough now. — Jancis Robinson

    Easy going and fresh, the 2012 Assisi Grechetto is a one-dimensional wine with bright citrus, honey and white flower. It takes an uncritical view on this food friendly grape used so commonly in central Italy. Green notes of cut grass and exotic fruit wrap around the finish.

    What I tasted . . was a wine like none other. The indigenous grape, GRECHETTO, shines with minerality, sporting notes of honey, pear and flowers from the hills of Umbria. This wine is a full-bodied (13.5%) white with an abundance of fruit and highly expressive aromatics, followed by a long, pleasing finish.

    [O]ne cannot but applaud two authentic gems such as the Assisi Rosso and Assisi Grechetto.

    [L]ight, appealing, jasmine, grapefruit.

  • Di Filippo Grechetto Colli Martani, $12 - $17.
    (Colli Martani appellation.)

    Some quotations and facts:

    [T]he estate Grechetto is absolutely delicious for the dollars. We're not exactly sure where you can get wine with this amount of interest and, dare we say, complexity from a $12 wine. The wine is floral and lush on the nose with a perfectly ripe stone fruitiness and great citrus acidity. It is easy drinking, with some good minerality and satisfaction. Really, really impressive all 'round.

    This savory offering from Umbria, made with organically farmed Grechetto grapes, has a pretty floral fragrance accented by aromas of stone fruit. The palate offers pear, white peach and citrus notes, with hints of tangerine zest and spice. 88 points.

    ♣ Wine Advocate (date unknown), 88 Points.

    The wine shows an intense golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of apple, plum and hawthorn followed by aromas of hazelnut, broom, pear and pineapple. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple, plum and hazelnut. Grechetto dei Colli Martani ages in steel tanks.

    The international prize for organic wines (Internationaler Bioweinpreis), in its fourth year, is a competition for quality wines obtained from grapes cultivated organically and approved by the E.U. with PAR assessment. . . Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC 2012, was awarded the silver medal.

    Delicate on the nose and palate with nice fruit sweetness and a bitter almond finish. The wine excellent with dishes that contain onions, tomatoes with olive oil and pork cheek prosciutto.

    On the nose I found lemon sabayon with hazelnuts and a bit of sea air. The palate was rich with canned peaches, vanilla and a hint of lime with a nice fresh finish. (88 pts.)

  • Antonelli San Marco Grechetto dei Colli Martani, $13 - $18.
    (Colli Martani appellation.)

    Some quotations and facts:

    This Grechetto shows a pale straw yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of apple and plum followed by aromas of hawthorn, pear, lemon and hazelnut. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple, pear and plum. This Grechetto ages in steel tanks.

    It has a clear, straw yellow or lemon appearance. The nose has medium intensity with notes of lemon, apple, and pear, along with other floral and fruit notes (a bit of blossom). There is a bit of weight to the nose as well, with a slight toastiness, characteristic of a wine that was aged in contact with yeast, which, as it turns out, is the case with this wine (the wine is kept in contact with it’s yeasts for roughly 90 after the fermentation process is complete). The palate is dry and full bodied, with a sturdy alcohol finish. There are notes of lemon, pear, a little grapefruit, and more floral notes. It has some nice acidity, though not as crisp as some of the lighter white wines you would find in Italy’s norther regions. It has a quality very reminisent of an Orvieto, which makes sense since Grechetto is one of the main components of wines produced in the Orvieto DOC. It has a clean finish, medium in length, leaving you with notes of grapefruit and apple.

    Colli Martani Grechetto is a crisp, acidic white with an intense floral nose accented with notes of melon, blanched almond and citrus. The palate delivers fresh lemony acidity and a slightly spicy finish that would serve well with linguine con vongole, and should appeal to fans of Gewurztraminer.

    [F]loral aromas and rich notes of melon, peach and almond.

  • Arnaldo-Caprai Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani, $13 - $19.
    (Colli Martani appellation.)
         ($17.94 at Saratoga Wine Exchange).

    Some quotations and facts:

    The 2009 Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani begins with pleasant aromas of apricot, pineapple, zesty citrus and honeysuckle. The wine tastes very flavorful with tangy tropical fruit and more apricot on a nice base of lemon/lime soaked minerals. Add in great acidity, a nice hint of spice and you have a very good food wine. The long finish is crisp, slightly bitter and full of minerality. A wonderful alternative to your everyday Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Taste Rating: 8; Cost Rating: 6; Overall Rating: 7.5. Recommended Buy

    Pale straw color with aromas of lime peel and tropical fruit, is a native grape of Umbria in central Italy. Flavors of citrus and pineapple with crisp acidity that leads to a surprisingly long finish. The grape grechetto is also in the blend that makes up Umbria’s Orvieto, but on it’s own it is more interesting and shows more character than most Orvietos. 4/5 *

    ♣ Wine Advocate (2/ 2013), 90 points.

    The 2011 Grechetto Grecante is a pretty wine that impresses for the length, minerality and focus. There is good depth and definition in the flavors, with plenty of yellow stone fruits, flowers and spices all woven together nicely. The creamy, expressive finish is graceful and inviting.

    [I]t is crisp and refreshing, all delicate flowers on the nose, with notes of lime and grapefruit. Who knew the vines around the Umbrian hilltop town could produce a knockout white like this?

    The 2009 really showcases what this grape can produce, showing flavors of bosc pear, almond and lime, peach and pineapple, as well as a pleasing hint of crispness and bitterness, typical in this grape. . . Rating: Excellent (92).

    Color was golden yellow with aromas of yellow apple, pineapple and peach with some floral notes. In the mouth the wine came alive with zesty citrus, peach, pineapple and a little apricot and mineral. Finish was lengthy and dry with hints of grapefruit and lime. If serving as an aperitif, I would chill this wine below 50°F, but warm up a little if serving with food. Pair this wine with white meats, fish or scallops. We enjoyed with grilled ham steaks marinated in a mixture of cherry preserves, dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar. . . Highly Recommended

    Grecante is my wine of choice for sweltering Summer days; it's immensely refreshing, thanks to its mouth-puckering acidity and smooth long finish. I'll be pairing mine with a good book, but it'd be equally at home consumed in concert with grilled fish, burrata stuffed squash blossoms, or a simple appetizer of cheese and crackers.

    What a beautiful wine it makes. It’s a gorgeous straw yellow, with intense fruit and floral aromas. The first sip is pleasant, but not memorable. But as the wine opens, and especially when you have it with food, the flavor explodes in your mouth. It’s well-balanced and fruity with some citrus notes. I thought it had some of the characteristics of a buttery Chardonnay; Teri thought it tasted a bit like a Viognier. The longer the wine sat in the glass the better it got. I would chill the wine, but take it out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. The winery recommends serving it at 50 degrees.

    This pale yellow colored white wine from Italy opens with a fragrant lemon zest and tangerine like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, zingy and crisp. The flavor profile is a tart green apple with infused mineral notes throughout. We also detected some white pepper and a touch of apricot. T he finish is dry and its acidity and flavors linger after the wines is gone.

    Revealing light herbal and citrus zest notes on the nose, the 2010 Grecante Grechetto has a chalky palate of minerals and notes of green tea and grapefruit pith with a hint of residual sweetness on the finish. 89.
    The 2012 vintage is a beautiful wine. It shows chalky minerals and citrus fruit. Most importantly, the wine has impeccable balance and a firm weight and energetic intensity. 90+

    The color is daisy yellow with a slight olive green tint. The nose is sweet and fragrant, honeysuckle and magnolia, clover honey, pineapple and peach. This is a dry wine with a substantial mouthfeel. It tastes of apple mixed with lemon/lime, dried peach slices, pineapple tinged with honey and the lime from a gin and tonic. The mid palate brings along some dried apricot, a soft swipe of minerality and late hit of tart grapefruit. The flavors are full, but this is a well balanced wine with outstanding length. There is a solid dose of acidity that runs thru-out the entire body of the wine, just the right amount to balance the wine when paired with food. The finish is long and will last until you take your next sip. The Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani is lovely wine well priced at $19.99. Beautifully fragrant and flavorful, nicely balanced, textured and nuanced, bold and delicate at the same time.

  • Goretti Grechetto Colli Perugini, $15.
    (Colli Perugini appellation.)
         ($15.44 at Saratoga Wine Exchange).

    Some quotations and facts:

    Here’s a beautiful white that opens with an enticing floral fragrance of acacia flower and Spanish Broom, accented by a whiff of beeswax. The palate delivers ripe pear, peach, pineapple and banana flavotds alongside quenching, crisp acidity. It has a dry, nutty finish. 89 points.

    [Google-translated from Italian:] Straw yellow with greenish tinges with deep and elegant aroma with hints of fruit among which pineapple, banana, peach, pear Williams and broom flowers and almond. Nice combination of fresh-flavor, persistent. Balanced, rich and velvety with a strong personality and finesse.

    ♣ Xth International Wine Competition (2011): Silver Medal, still dry white wines.

    Grechetto DOC Colli Perugini – bright sunny yellow in the glass with beautiful intricate flavours of exotic Thai fruits and nuts, particularly almonds.

    [Google-translated from Dutch:] This Grechetto is distinguished by its vibrant, brilliant straw yellow color and its delicate, fruity nose (exotic fruit, citrus, almond). In the mouth it is lively but also oily with a slightly bitter almond toastiness in the aftertaste. Moreover, this lively and delicate wine has a very modest price tag.

    One of [Goretti's wines] that I noted, was a light and fruity white Grechetto grape native to the area which is a DOC, Colli Perugini. It had a delicate exotic fruity and floral aroma that lingers on the palate.

    [Google-translated from Dutch:] A clear, straw yellow color with a very slight tingling / bubbles. Which closed in the nose. Pear, peach and some bread yeast. Something floral. Smooth and slightly oily in the first instance in the mouth. Again, the tingle. Ijzerig bit. A bitter and some skimpy. The fruit (nectarine and peach) is present in the background, it does not determine the taste. Light in body and some simple structure.

    The 2011 Grechetto was a straw colored wine that had a floral aroma and a hint of citrus. The finish was crisp and fruity.

  • Sergio Mottura "Poggio della Costa" Civitella d'Agliano, $15 - $16.
    (Civitella d'Agliano appellation.)

    Some quotations and facts:

    “Sergio Mottura could be defined as the most skilled interpreter of grechetto in the world,” says the guidebook to Italian wines Gambero Rosso, which backed up the pronouncement with one of its much-coveted “tre bicchiere” awards. .  On the lighter side of yellow gold in the glass. A nose that immediately draws your atttention. Floral elements vie with a pleasant dose of crisp pineapple. Then again cheese, blue cheese perhaps, or parmesan. A bit more mellow in the mouth. Citrus cutting some notions of butter. An old varietal with something fresh to say. Distinct and delightfully character driven.

    Fresh and floral, with mineral echoes and above average texture and complexity for a richer and longer ageing Grechetto typical of Lazio. 4/5 *

    ♣ International Wine Cellar (March/April 2013), 91 points.

    Bright straw-green. Musky aromas of pear skin, tangerine, minerals and white flowers. Pure, chewy and lively, with tactile flavors of orange zest and deeper orchard fruits. A floral note emerges with aeration and carries through the long, gently spicy, minerally finish. This unoaked wine has a real knack for aging; I've had many Poggio della Costa wines that were still going strong six or seven years after the vintage.

    (Tastings in 2013):
    Poggio della Costa 2012: This has the boldness of youth. Six months aging in stainless steel in no way tamed the juvenile impetuousness of this newborn that manifests itself with a pleasing minerality and a fruity explosion of pineapple, papaya, line and green apple. A second sniff brings out nuances of sweeter fruits, a dusting of powder that mingle with scents of orange blossom and vegetal notes of grass, weeds and wild flowers. The taste is lemony with a very pronounced acidity and a fruit flavors of exotic fruits, lime and kiwi. While still a bit rough, this wine has a lot of personality. 86 points.
    Poggio della Costa 2011: Here the color is a little more intense and the aroma is more dominated by floral notes of hawthorn and rose that reign above a fruity component of peach and ripe apple. Added to this are mineral whiffs and scents of aromatic herbs and a note of mint. The mouthfeel has greater balance, a nice acidity, great softness and consistency between the aromas and the flavors. 87 points.
    Poggio della Costa 2007: This is really good. If this is the effect of aging then it was well worth waiting for. The bouquet has wilted flowers, mimosa and toasted notes that create a fascinating aroma. The mineral vein, chalky and balsamic, flows through the nose towards a mouthfeel with an even lovelier acidity and a broader and fatter body without any tartness, pungent and tasty. As with the other vintages, there is noticeable affinity with a Chenin Blanc, a grape with a very great acidity. 89 points.

    Aged on its lees in stainless steel. Aromas of white peach, flowers, and almonds. The peach really dominates on the flavour, with an agreeably bitterness at the back…a bit like rolling a peach pit around in your mouth. Good acidity too, with medium length. Medium-bodied. The bottle says 14% ABV but that seems higher than what I get.

    [Google-translated from Italian:] The advantages of the Costa del Poggio are very drinkable, the absolute pleasure and freshness, to the point that the bottle is empty and always, no matter by the combination. Spacious, with hints of tropical fruit, slightly tangy and good structure was the companion, but fleeting ideal of a tasty bream in salt. This is Grechetto par excellence, made by an organic producer, virtuous, and in love with a native grape variety from the wonderful potential.

    Color: Intense straw yellow. Perfume: It has a very pleasant aroma impact, full and fruity, with a perfect matching nose and palate. Flavor: Hot, fresh and persistent, long finish and slightly tannic. Average rating: 3.6/5.

    [Google-translated from Italian:] Pale yellow solid, crystal clear. Fragrance direct, intense but very good finesse. First of floral and fruity (citrus, pear, pineapple, elderberry) that fresh, with the climate agostano take on the features of a real godsend. Then whiffs minerals that seem to take on pebbles on the seashore, hazelnut, ginger, herbs, anise. Very well defined. On the palate impresses as alcohol remains in the rear despite being 14 percent. Structure of great balance. Cool and great flavor. Return notes of grapefruit and pineapple for a final cleaning and nice persistence. Really good, sharp, no frills, with an admirable quality/price ratio!

  • Roccafiore "Fiorfiore" Grechetto di Todi, $17 - $29.
    (Grechetto di Todi appellation.)

    Some quotations and facts:

    One of the best [Grechetto di Todi] is made by the Roccafiore estate. Fiorfiore, as it's called, is pale gold with a scent of tropical fruit and flowers. The 2009 is rich and round, but with a nice snap of acidity. It stands out for its elegance. When you want something more than a simple white wine but don't want to break the bank, this could be it.

    The Grechetto gets harvested in September, steel fermented, and then aged for one year in large Slovenian oak casks called “botté grande.” Those thick skins mean more tannin structure can help the wine age, maintaining its great fruit and giving the wine structure. The wine exudes floral notes of yellow flowers with great lemon and citrus. A ribbon of butter is just detectable, imparted from the time with oak, and in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the crisp citrus. Rather it rounds out the mouth-feel and gives it an elevated sense of elegance. Roasted hazelnuts and almond add another layer of complexity. We tried this [2010] next to the 2012 Fiorfiore. The current release has lots of peach, melon and spicy cinnamon.

    Made from organically farmed Gre­chetto grapes, this delivers pineapple, Golden Delicious apple, sweet almond and apricot. 87 points.

    [Google-translated from Italian:] Straw yellow color, on the nose with delicate hints of yellow flowers, white fruit and hints of sweet spices. On the palate it is medium-bodied and intense; despite the softness (supported by major alcohol component) is appreciable, is broadly focused on hardness: good acidity and flavor that the big, noticeable from the entrance of the wine in your mouth, then in a final borders a bit bitter.

    One of the wines that particularly impressed me was the 2010 fiorfiore from Cantina Roccafiore with its very nicely balanced weight of quite rich fruit and length. I'm not surprised that it was a winner at the #winelovers food and wine matching competition where it was judged to be the best white to match the frittatina morbida al tartufo della Valnerina.

    [Google-translated from Italian:] The view is crystal clear, pale yellow in color with golden hues. The nose is intense and persistent, fine, with clear hints of floral, fruity and woody flowers of hawthorn and acacia, withered, martina pear, fresh pineapple, apple, and slightly woody. The mouth is dry but soft enough fresh, very fruity, warm, full and continuous, with a pleasant fruity-bitter end. Aftertaste: vein savory and floral, fruity and liquorice root. Notes: Good.

    [A] real thoroughbred that is aged for a year in large oak barrels, one of the best expressions of this variety in Umbria.

    [Google-translated from Italian:] delicate yet complex, weaving has addictive flavor and personality, alternating with class aromas of toffee, hints of honey and herbs.

For a Splurge

This is one of those wine types for which there is no overwhelmingly obvious jump up from the reasonably priced spectrum. Perhaps the closest thing would be Sergio Mottura's "Latour a Civitella" Grechetto ($26 - $30); it is the "big brother" of the "Poggio della Costa" bottling listed above. For those who look at such things, it got a 91 from the International Wine Cellar in April of 2013, a 90 from the Wine Advocate in August of 2013, and a 90 from the Wine Enthusiast in December of 2007.

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