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2010 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Coup de Coeur Sonoma Coast
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(from Morlet's best barrels, a wine that he describes as "equivalent to" the Point Rouge chardonnay he made at Peter Michael, where Morlet was in charge of winemaking from 2001 through 2005):  Complex nose melds candied lime, fresh hazelnut, exotic fruits and iodiney minerality.  Uncompromisingly dry but dense chardonnay with flavors of apple and oyster shell and a chewy impression of extract.  Outstanding incipient complexity here but the most closed and least fruity today of this trio of chardonnays.  This dense, soil-driven wine finishes with a hint of phenolic character and saline and Poire William notes.  For the cellar, and potentially better in five years than the Ma Douce and Ma Princesse.

99 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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