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Community Tasting Notes (85) Avg Score: 91.0 points

  • Served 2nd in the lineup of 3 NW Chards this showed right in the middle, fairly neutral apple pear and lemon notes, doesn't scream NW but obviously not Burgundy, shows nice restraint, good acid though I wouldn't expect this to be long lived- enjoy now; very nice.

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  • Pulled as part of a cellar cleaning. Drinking well now. Aromatic on the nose. Odd as it sounds, the nose reminds me a bit of a V. Girardin GC from years ago - fruity with unapologetic oak. On the palate, that oak combines with fruit to yield a distinctly tropical character, with a sense of pineapple, particularly early on. With air, this morphs into a well balanced California chardonnay, though that air brings out a bit of tannic pucker on the finish. Full throttle to be sure, but not overbearing. Specifically, does not have overdone, pucker-inducing malo. A bright acidic cut keeps this one from bogging down. One of the better California chardonnays I've had in awhile.

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  • Nice fresh green apples, pear and creamy mouth feel with good balance and medium finish.

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  • Restrained nose with yellow orchard fruits and hints of oak. The palate is more oaky in s pineapple sort of way. A bit of flint. Long and interesting.

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  • Another dud (2009 was incredibly oxidized). I thought I should drink these sooner rather than later. This bottle was not obviously corked, not oxidized, simply lacking in any tropical chardonnay goodness and surprisingly alcoholic. The lack of flavor and high alcohol makes me think it might be corked, but it has no discernible corked characteristics. What can I say, I have had wonderful bottles of these wines that were younger, and with recent experience, I firmly believe in drinking them younger rather than older.

    Edit - Ok, there is just a touch of caramelized oxidation as it sits in glass, but I don't mind it in the least. In fact, that improves this bottle IMHO.

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    May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162, (See more on Vinous...)

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