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2011 Diatom Chardonnay Kazaoto Sta. Rita Hills
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(15.3% alcohol):  Pale gold.  Powerful, intensely perfumed aromas of limoncello, orange zest, dried peach and iodine, with a bright mineral overtone.  Full and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering deep orchard and citrus fruit flavors that are reined in by juicy acidity and bright minerality.  Closes on a smoky note, with excellent clarity and lingering spiciness.

88+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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