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2005 Chasseur Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($55) Bright gold with green highlights. Intense, floral-accented pear skin and cherry pit aromas are complicated by iodine, dusty minerals and cured meat. Extremely complex on the palate, offering a wild array of dried fruit, mineral and herb flavors, a chewy texture and remarkable energy. Leaves a strong note of gingerbread on the long, sappy finish. This is all Hyde clone, according to Hunter.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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