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2008 LIOCO Chardonnay Carneros

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010

($30) Pale yellow. Fresh orange and honeydew aromas are complemented by dusty minerals and white flowers. Herb-laced citrus and melon flavors pack a solid punch and gain sweetness and sappiness with air. Finishes with lingering spiciness, a sneaky floral note and very good, tangy persistence. This very refreshing chardonnay shows good complexity now but is balanced to reward a few more years of patience.

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About Carneros

Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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Chardonnay

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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