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Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Pale yellow. Candied citrus fruit and pear aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla and smoky minerals. Juicy and incisive, offering lively Meyer lemon and quince flavors ...
About this Wine: Shafer's single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones of grapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes ...
Burghound: A discreet touch of mineral reduction adds breath to the otherwise fresh, elegant and beautifully complex nose of acacia blossom, rose petal, spiced pear and white peach. The ...
Wine Enthusiast: The winemaker pulled out all the bells and whistles, barrel fermenting this Chardonnay, putting it through partial malolactic fermentation, and aging it on the lees. The resul...
About this Wine: When young, Corton-Charlemagne is pale gold in color with green highlights. As it ages, the color shifts towards yellow or amber. The bouquet, delicate in the extreme, fea...
About this Wine: Green-gold, evolving to a light yellow with age, this is a wine with fine ageing properties (10-15 years, sometimes more). Intense mineral scents (flint) but with notes of lim...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Medium yellow. Peach, spices, menthol and hazelnut on the nose. Tight stone fruit flavors are given a penetrating quality by strong acidity, and lifted by hints of menthol a...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Good medium yellow. Ripe peach, quince, clove, marzipan and medicinal herbs on the nose. Densely packed but a bit youthfully disjointed today, with powerful, very ripe pinea...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Good bright straw-yellow. Ripe nectarine lifted by nutmeg and lavender on the nose. Large-scaled, smooth and sweet; not a particularly refined style of Corton-Charlemagne bu...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: (I tasted a sample taken from barrel in August, shortly before the bottling): Good full yellow. Big, ripe aromas of lemon oil, smoke, hazelnut and vanillin oak. Opulent, mo...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Bracing aromas of lemon, pineapple and petrolly minerality; reminded me of a top Alsace riesling. Creamy, vibrant and classic, with great purity of flavor, harmonious palate-...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Good bright, pale yellow. Very pure, reticent aromas of lemon, lime and white flowers. Dry and penetrating to the point of painful, with pristine flavors of crushed stone, l...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC: Palish bright yellow. Tight, vibrant nose offers white peach, pineapple, nut oils and brown spices. Juicy and sweet but kept under wraps today by powerful acidity. Still, t...
Burghound: This is also beautifully complex though the composition of the aromas is different as here there is much more in the way of fresh green apple, white flower and mineral reducti...
About this Wine: From the same hillside vineyards as `Ma Princesse' and `Ma Douce,' this unique cuvée is judiciously blended from a strictly limited number of selected barrels displaying t...
Wine Spectator: Full-bodied, rich and layered, with honeysuckle, smoke, roasted fig and melon flavors that are pure, focused, subtle and persistent. Drink now through 2018. -JL
Wine Enthusiast: This bottling has been variable over the decades, but this 2010 shows fine form, a good sign coming on the heels of the excellent 2009. It's richly oaked and flashy in pineapp...
Burghound: ...The dense and powerful middle weight flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration as well as wonderful intensity. Moreover the intense minerality adds both elegance a...
Wine Enthusiast: Talley produces some of the best Chardonnays on the Central Coast. Although this isn't one of their single-vineyard bottlings, it's a splendid wine, dry, crisp and silky. It s...
Wine Spectator: A lean style, with apple, grapefruit and spice flavors woven into the tightly knit texture. Ends with a tactile sensation and a mouthwatering impression. Best from 2014 throug...