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2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sea Smoke Sta. Rita Hills
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009

Bright gold. Sexy aromas of tangerine, pear, white flowers and minerals, plus a subtle smoky quality that gains strength with air. Vibrant and finely etched, offering sweet citrus flavors and a strong lashing of minerals. Weightier on the finish, which leaves sappy melon and candied orange notes in its wake. This wine's blend of power and vivacity is impressive.

91+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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