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Revealing more orange rind, lemon zest, honeyed grapefruit, and restrained minerals in a full-bodied, closer to the vest-style is the 2005 Chardonnay Sea Smoke. Enjoy this beauty over the next decade.
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Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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A rare bottling of their own Chardonnay, as Sea Smoke?s cult-like Pinot Noir fruit has almost completely obscured its white partner from Burgundy. An unabashed, frank representation of the varietal, sporting ripe fig, toffee, honeyed pear, anise and a layer of sweet toast that may bother some Chardonnay purists. Thick and a touch jellied in the mouth, but w/ ample acidic definition that keeps the pulse of its intense flavors in check along to the finish. Not nearly as fascinating or complex as Brewer Clifton?s Sea Smoke masterpieces, but sure to win over a lot of fans for its sheer self-indulgence