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2011 Porter Creek Vineyards Chardonnay Old Vine Russian River Valley

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

Pale gold.  Smoky pear and peach pit on the fragrant nose, with subtle ginger and floral qualities adding complexity.  Smooth and fleshy on the palate, offering sappy orchard fruit flavors and slow-building spiciness.  Firm, focused and pure, with very good finishing power and lingering smokiness.  I like this wine's blend of richness and finesse.

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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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