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2006 Littorai Chardonnay Mays Canyon Sonoma Coast
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($60) Pale yellow. Candied peach, apricot, linden tea, ginseng and vanilla on the nose. Denser and more powerful than the Charles Heintz and Thieriot bottlings, but also uncompromisingly dry and rather laid-back, even youthfully austere. Complex mineral and spice tones suggest that this wine will blossom with a couple years of bottle aging. The malolactic fermentation here did not finish until December of 2007. Ted Lemon is now aging his chardonnays in about 30% new oak, a somewhat lower percentage than a few years ago.

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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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