A bottle of this showed up on Thursday. Immediately into the fridge it went. This afternoon we unscrewed the cap for sampling.
Initially at fridge temperature, pop and pour, the only thing either of us could get on the nose was lemon. No problem - recently arrived, needs air, and too cold. Palate was rich in the texture department with flavours of vanilla and lemon curd. Finish was medium, but consisted mostly of an acidic mineral buzz.
With some air in the glass, along with warming up to room temperature, it didn't change a whole lot. The palate and aromas were basically identical, and predominantly lemon curd. Finish became warm toasty oak, at what I would call a nice moderate level. Adds complexity without being overwhelming - all but the most oak sensitive palates would find it inoffensive at worst. No buttery flavours or aromas from any ML. (Since I took notes before the sale went live, I didn't know if the wine actually underwent ML.)
For the second pour, we decided something a little more forceful was needed. Enter the Vinturi. Bottom line: it helped. It made the palate feel more rich while introducing some grassy and herbal notes. The nose gained some limestone and seashell components as well. (I've never used seashell as a descriptor before...but this struck me as the time to do it.) The finish evolved to include some tropical fruit, which I think most closely resembled mango. Again, it needed to warm up a bit from fridge temp for this to come out.
I found this to be a solid quaffing wine that should play well with a variety of food. It's not a super complex bottle, but it's also not pretending to be. The winemaking choices here seem to strive for middle of the road, and that's exactly what ended up in the bottle. Nice fruit, structure, oak, finish, etc. The only thing that let me down was the nose, which may re-emerge with air or more time in bottle. At $12/bottle the pricing is certainly solid.
Just don't drink this at fridge temperatures. Let it warm up a bit and you will be rewarded.
I stopped counting bottles. My CT