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2011 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Ma Douce Sonoma Coast
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(from vines on the second ridge in from the ocean, at an altitude of 1,300 feet):  Hazy yellow-gold (these wines are neither fined nor filtered).  Expressive aromas of pineapple, citrus oil, toffee, vanilla and buttery lemon cream, complicated by a whiff of iodine and some exotic fruits.  Big, rich and powerful, conveying a strong impression of extract.  This mouthfilling wine benefits from its firm mineral backbone.  Luc Morlet normally stirs the lees of his chardonnays once a week until the end of the malolactic fermentations.

94 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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