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2011 Neyers Vineyards Chardonnay Vendimia Vineyard Sonoma Valley

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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Medium yellow.  Lower-toned on the nose than the El Novillero release, offering subdued aromas of tropical and stone fruits, smoked meat, toffee and nutty vanillin oak.  Round and spicy on the palate, offering a nice touch of sweetness, but a bit aggressive today, showing a lot of smoky vanillin oak and a slight acid edge.  Finishes with good breadth and persistence.  Seems less thoroughly ripe than some recent vintages.

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