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2006 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Ma Douce Sonoma Coast
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($70; from the same Sonoma Coast source as Morlet's pinot noir) Full yellow color. Aromas of lemon drop and orange zest complicated by minerals, hazelnut and a whiff of tropical fruits; some oak showing today. Densely packed and soil-driven, with highly concentrated, lightly saline flavors and a chewy texture. There's a wildness to this chardonnay that I find intriguing. Bottled just ten days prior to my visit, and yet this is seriously sappy from day one, not to mention long on the aftertaste.

93 Points | Wine Spectator

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