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2006 Diatom Chardonnay Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($36) Pale gold. Ripe pear and yellow plum aromas are complicated by anise and lemon zest. Spicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors are given a bitter edge by orange marmalade and white pepper, finishing with impressive spicy length. This clocks in at 16.6% alcohol (!) but did not come off as hot, even warm. Weighty and chewy, for sure, but with unlikely freshness. Pretty wild stuff.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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