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2011 Fess Parker Winery Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Light yellow-gold.  Fresh pineapple and peach aromas are complicated by floral honey, orange zest and dusty minerals.  Fleshy and round, offering sappy melon and pit fruit flavors and a touch of candied ginger.  A supple, intensely fruity style of California chardonnay, with very good finishing lift and precision.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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