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2010 Melville Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay Estate Verna's Santa Barbara County
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2012

Bright yellow-gold.  Fresh pear and melon aromas are complemented by dried fig, iodine and jasmine.  Tight and slow to open, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of tarragon.  Shows very good clarity on the finish, which features notes of bitter quinine and citrus pith. This wine benefits a lot from air and has the balance to reward patience; it is also an outstanding value.  (JR)

88 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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