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2005 Ca del Bosco Chardonnay Curtefranca Terre di Franciacorta Bianco
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2010

($65) Straw-gold: interestingly, this is lighter in color than the 2007 or 2006 basic chardonnays. Knockout nose displays impressively deep lees-accented pear, banana, mineral and mango aromas complicated by vanilla and flint. Lush, palate-coating tropical fruit, melon and tangy mineral flavors are pure and refined, with smoke and sweet butter notes adding complexity. Finishes impressively long and balanced, with very good grip and an austere mineral quality. One of the best chardonnays I have tasted from Italy in quite some time.

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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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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