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2006 Dierberg Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown Santa Maria Valley
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($32) Bright yellow. Smoky tangerine, apple and quince paste on the nose, with a good lashing of oak spices. Lush, creamy citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complemented by notes of peach pit, vanilla and clove, with gentle minerality lending spine. Supple, creamy and smoky chardonnay with strong finishing lift and sweet persistence. I'd drink this sexy, deeply fruity wine now.

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