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

($52) Vivid yellow. Musky aromas of casaba melon, lime pith and ginger, with slow-building smokiness. Sappy, dense and stony; at once opulent and tightly focused, with lovely mineral lift contributing energy to its deep melon and orchard fruit flavors. The minerality drives a long, sappy, powerful finish. Hold off on opening this one.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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