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2006 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Coup de Coeur Sonoma Coast
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($125) Full medium yellow. Pungent lemon drop, fresh herbs and strong minerality on the nose. Powerfully mineral on the palate, with a dominant flavor of liquid stone and a suggestion of apricot pit. Extremely young, classically dry chardonnay that's less obviously delineated now than the Ma Douce but richer and thicker. Wonderfully subtle and long on the aftertaste. This represents a selection of the best parcels; Morlet told me he looks for seamlessness, personality and potential longevity.

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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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