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2011 DuMol Chardonnay Clare Carneros
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(14.3% alcohol; aged in 100% Chassin barrels, 45% new; from Hyde Vineyard):  Bright, full yellow with a gold tinge.  Knockout nose combines smoked meat, truffle, minerals and light sulfides, plus a hint of nectarine; reminded me of a Kistler wine.  Suave on entry, then big, plush and utterly silky in the middle, showing more sea spray and mint than primary fruit today.  This wine has a low pH and strong acidity (3.2 and 7.0 grams per liter, respectively) after going through full malolactic fermentation.   Finishes with outstanding salty, iodiney length.  I'd love to taste this next to the 2010 release in three or four years.

89 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Carneros

Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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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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