92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(13.7% alcohol; from 26-year-old vines): Bright, pale yellow with a green tinge. Lovely floral lift to the delicate aromas of fresh apricot and white peach. Densely packed, sappy and light on its feet, with a saline quality and lovely cut giving this chardonnay considerable subtlety. Finishes suave and long. These vines are "almost dry-farmed," noted Ted Lemon.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
93 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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