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2008 Tasca d'Almerita Chardonnay Sicilia Bianco
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Bright straw-yellow with gold highlights. Expressive aromas of yellow apple and pear, complicated by light nuances of banana and minerals. This is mercifully much less the overripe tropical fruit bomb of some past vintages. In fact, this juicy and penetrating wine conveys a light, deft touch to its varietally accurate flavors of minty apple, banana and pineapple. Finishes persistent and pure, with fine-grained tannins. I welcome this rather strict but focused style, and suspect that it will gain depth and richness with a couple years of bottle age.

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About Sicily

Sicily has received tons of attention recently, thanks to the presence of numerous marketing-savvy estates, several unique grape varieties, and a host of Sicilian wines crammed with ripe fruit, spices, and herbs. Cool-climate areas near the city of Catania, in the northeastern part of the island (where Etna is located) yield mineral...
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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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