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2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sea Smoke Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Bright, green-tinged gold.  Powerful orchard fruit and orange marmalade aromas and flavors, with intense spice and anise qualities and a touch of agave.  Deeply pitched but lively pear and lemon curd flavors pick up spiciness with air, along with a sweet butter nuance.  The rather smoky finish shows outstanding clarity and resonating spiciness.  For a big wine this is quite lithe. 

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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