Even with 7 years under its belt this is holding steady and should drink impressively over the next couple of years. Light gold, pale yellow in color, this still has nice luminosity and brightness to its sheen and doesn’t show any excess advanced color/aging. The nose is quite engaging with notes of quince, grapefruit and a light suggestion of herbs and lees aromatically. The palate has evolved nicely with a nice undercurrent of acidity that gives nice drive and vibrancy to the spicy lemon/citrus flavors that have a touch of salinity and honey on the impressive finish.
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91 pts Wine Advocate Issue #215 Oct 2014
The 2012 Director’s Reserve White is a blend of 74% Sauvignon Blanc and 26% Semillon raised in 30% new French oak for nine months with regular lees stirring. It has a more herbaceous and earthier bouquet compared to the 2013 with touches of greengage, pear, grass clippings and grapefruit that blossom in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity: citrus lemon and hazelnut, a subtle marine influence coming through towards the finish. This is a very well-crafted white blend that should drink well for 6 or 7 years.
91 pts Vinous
Very pale yellow. Muskier and richer on the nose than the 2013 version, with the Semillon element and a leesy quality apparent. Rich and spicy on the palate, conveying lovely ripeness to the lemon and anise flavors. Boasts impressive palate presence, if not quite the complexity of the 2013. This broad, suave white Bordeaux blend finishes with piquant acidity, a suggestion of honey and excellent length. Drink now or hold.