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2006 Qupe Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block Eleven Santa Maria Valley
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($30) Bright, hazy yellow. Smoky pineapple and pear aromas are brightened by dusty minerals and lemon rind. Deep, gently sweet lemon meringue, tangerine and poached pear flavors are given a kick by white pepper and bitter quinine. Interesting stuff, offering a suave blend of richness and energy. Finishes with very good grip and lingering lees and spice notes.

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