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2009 Melville Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010

($36) Bright yellow-gold. Orange, talc and white flowers on the nose, plus a hint of smoky lees. Racy, focused and pure, showing impressive clarity to its citrus fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes with impressive persistence and resonating citrus and jasmine notes.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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