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2012 Fess Parker Winery Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

Pale gold.  Smoky citrus fruit and pear aromas, with notes of earthy truffle and iodine adding complexity.  In an Old-World style, offering musky pear skin and orange pith flavors and a hint of honey that adds depth and sweetness.  Finishes on a smoky, leesy note, with very good energy and persistence.

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Chardonnay

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