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2007 Diatom Chardonnay Babcock Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($48; 15.3% alcohol) Bright yellow. Leesy, mineral-driven aromas of white peach, honeydew melon, talc and baking spices. Sappy pit fruit flavors are enlivened by peppery spice and become more tangy with air. Finishes waxy and firm, with a repeating spiciness. This became more lively with air: decant it a bit if you plan to serve it in the next year or so.

87 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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