Chanin 2014 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)

#78 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2016
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Extremely delicate on the nose, this wine from the historic vineyard shows bruised yellow grapefruit, sliced nectarine and crushed chalk aromas. The evolving palate starts daintily with cut apple and nectarine, then warms into seared peach, buttered popcorn and ripe pear flavors. A chalky, seashell-like structure and pithy texture ensure a long, interesting life. Drink 2018 through 2034. Matt Kettmann

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