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2009 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mount Carmel Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($56) Yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed nose offers candied orange, licorice and a hint of toasty lees. The most opulent of this set of chardonnays but there's uncanny vibrancy in play as well. Really expands with air, picking up a sexy floral and spice character, with a mineral note coming up. Finishes youthfully vibrant and long, with heady finishing notes of pit fruits, fennel and spices.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Jones13797800
Fruit, flower, oak and grass. This has a nice balance of all. Should just get better.
beautiful finish
by Moos13904428
this was a "top-off" and well worth the price - its elegance and poise puts similarly priced chards in the dust. the most well-balanced B-C chard of the vintage!
Low-light B-C
by Pizarro14005221
Bright straw gold hue. Fresh cut hay, light stone fruit bouquet with flinty minerals. Lime and guava on attack rolling to a white flower, honey, and marzipan finish. A bit green throughout, shockingly for B-C; would drink sooner than most from B-C too. Zesty acidity works well with food, clean finish overall. Not sure if there was a bit of heat damage to this bottle - very austere compared to a previous bottling.


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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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