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1999 Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros Reserve
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About Saintsbury

In 1977, David Graves and Richard Ward met for the first time in a oenology class at UC Davis. Both Pinot Noir lovers, they decided to start bottling their own. By 1981 they had released their first vintage, 2000 cases from purchased Carneros grapes.

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1999 Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros Reserve

Producer: Saintsbury
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Other California
Appellation: Carneros

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89 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2002

Musky lemon and peach on the nose, along with sweet, toasty oak. Large-scaled and fleshy; sweeter and fuller than the regular 2000 bottling but less vibrant and much oakier. Finishes with good length and rather strong oakiness.

88 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Carneros

Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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