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2009 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Ma Douce Sonoma Coast
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(15.2% alcohol):  Sexy aromas of crystallized lemon peel, iodine and vanillin, coconutty oak.  Lush, fat and seamless, with compelling sweetness but also a firming mineral edge to the apricot fruit.  The iodiney quality recurs on the back end, giving the broad finish a distinctly savory quality.  For all its impression of sweet fruit, this wine is bone-dry.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Age worthy Chardonnay
by Beach13807740
Revisited this wine the other night and it easily earned its fifth star. What a delight to drink - still rich and full, but with honeyed nuances and a very smooth mouth feel. Liquid gold and the type of product that has made me a loyal Morlet fan.
More than Sweet
by Bowen13842217
Outstanding complexity and nuances. In the top three Chardonnays from Calif we've tasted this year. Pricy but worth it for a special occasion wine.
by Strauss13861812
Certain producers have talent. Morlet is at the top! I opened 1 bottle because I could not wait. I am thrilled I jumped in and bought 2 packs. The wine eludes the sexy rich mouth watering taste that goes on and on. The wine gets better as you let it sit and open up. If by some chance you get another opportunity to buy...don't hesitate.
Lush New World chardonnay
by Jessee14085318
This is a comfort wine that reminded me of pancakes with plenty of maple syrup and butter. For me that's a good thing; however, I was a little thrown off by the word "Burgundian" on the back of the bottle description, so I was expecting maybe a little more acid and restraint. Unlike Robert Parker, I tasted quite a lot of oak. Very nice chardonnay, nonetheless. I probably would have given 5 stars if the wine were at a lower price point.
mild disappointment
by fernandez14057233
Yeah the usual suspects are all there - citrus, honeysuckle, etc. There is definitely more than a hint of oak, nothing subtle about it. I had high expectations for this wine and had been looking forward to it. It just didn't live up to my expectations.


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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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