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95 Points

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - A totally unexpected pleasure. My dining companion was leery and skeptical when I mentioned I was bringing a 15-year-old Cali Chardonnay. We were certain the plants outside would be the eventual beneficiary of this wine. It turned out to be marvelous and one of the most complex and unique whites I've ever had, as it was both hedonistically and intellectually satisfying. The color was a shade of amber not unlike aged Sauternes. On the nose and palate were butterscotch, toasted nuts, and grilled pineapples. Hints of caramel, but not sweet. It has shed a lot of the citrus notes of its youth, but it was still there to give the wine liveliness. Unbelievable experience. Consumed at R+D Kitchen in Newport Beach.

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