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2008 The Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($28) Pale greenish yellow. A wild, pungent bouquet displays scents of melon, pear skin, tangerine, botanical herbs and anise. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering pliant orchard and exotic fruit flavors and spicy herbal nuances. Becomes richer with air and finishes on a spicy note, with a deeper suggestion of honey.

90+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Redux, please!
by Maasbach14059044
This was the most rewarding white I have had in a while. Full bodied, mineraly and a definite taste of honey in the long finish.
Lemon zesty, yet light bomb!
by Pizarro14005221
Harvest straw gold in color, slightly syrupy yet light in mouth. Zesty lemon and some Marcona almond; crisp, clean mouthfeel. White peach and honeysuckle at finish, lemon zest explosion as the notes began to trail off. 90


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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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