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2011 Diatom Chardonnay Kodo Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(14.8% alcohol):  Pale yellow-gold.  Assertively perfumed aromas of nectarine, tangerine, melon and smoky minerals, with an underlying spiciness.   Rich and supple but lively, with impressively precise orchard fruit and floral flavors underscored by chalky minerality.  Finishes broad, spicy and long, with lingering notes of honeydew and candied citrus fruits.

87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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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