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2009 The Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(made from the fruit of younger vines in the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards):  Bright yellow.  Highly fragrant scents of fresh orchard and citrus fruits, along with suave floral and spice nuances.  Juicy and focused on the palate, offering sappy orange and honeysuckle flavors and sneaky spiciness.  The brisk finish features very good cut and snap. 

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Allspice, Apples and Asian Pears, Oh My!
by Fannin10580945
Great nose with apples and pears and a little allspice. Excellent fruit, nice acidity and a good mineral finish. Really good stuff! I need to conserve the bottles I have left, but this is really easy to drink!
Really Nice Chardonnay!
by Fannin10580945
The Tanzer and Parker reviews seem right on, and I think this will improve with age. Very, very nice, and I'm still looking for a 4.5 rating! This may be the best domestic Chardonnay you've offered.


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