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2009 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sea Smoke Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($52) Bright yellow. Showing more power on the nose and in the mouth than the 3-D, offering impressions of ripe melon, nectarine, honey and truffle, with a sneaky note of chalk. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with serious grip and a strong echo of orchard and sweet citrus fruits.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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