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2008 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($56) Bright yellow. A complex, expressive bouquet evokes fresh pear, white peach, smoky minerals and iodine. Pliant pit fruit and zesty citrus flavors are complicated by notes of minerals and honeysuckle. The finish features strong mineral and bitter citrus pith qualities and hangs on with impressive tenacity.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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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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