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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126
($80; 100% chardonnay, from vines planted in the 1970s) Full straw-gold color. Exotic aromas of honeycomb and toffee; smells like botrytis. Sweet, smoky, fat and rich, with a distinctly wild, gamey character to the honeyed, toasty fruit. Very glyceral chardonnay with 16+% alcohol. This one took a full two years to finish its sugar fermentation and went through full malolactic.
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Harvested from John Guman's one acre plot planted in 1970 by Nathan Fay. John still tends to the vines by hand. One of the extraordinary aspects of this wine is the dramatically long fermentation of thirty three months. One of a handful of Chardonnays I have ever tasted that deserved the ultimate rating. Truly a wine sent from the gods. The richly scented nose is layered with roasted hazelnut, caramelized lemon peel, and honey. The palate is focused with beautiful acidity, quince, dusty white peach, nectarine and jasmine. The acidity in this wine sets it apart from most others that demand earlier consumption. 89 cases produced.
Tasted On: 08/09/2006
A bit heavy on the malos. Big wine.
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