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Brewer-Clifton 3d Chardonnay 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Orange peel, honey, spice, mint and sage are some of the many notes that inform the 2012 Chardonnay 3-D. This is another deep, textured...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Gnesa 2010 750ml

Rated 93 - Vivid yellow. High-pitched citrus fruits on the nose, with slow-building smokiness and complicating notes of candied ginger, jasmine and...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Gnesa 2011 750ml

Rated 93 - Orange blossoms, mint, honey and hazelnuts all wrap around the palate in the 2011 Chardonnay Gnesa. The viscous, textured personality of...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Hapgood 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Aromas of fresh raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry are intense, snappy and vibrant, with zesty acidity, firm tannins and a stemmy edge...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Machado 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - A more mineral and floral expression of Chardonnay emerges from the 2012 Chardonnay Machado. Lemon oil, white flowers and slate are some...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mt Carmel 2008 750ml

Rated 94 - With just over 14% natural alcohol, the 2008 reveals fresh citrus, hazelnut and earthy characteristics in a broad, full-bodied style....
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Mt Carmel 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - Coming in at 14% alcohol, the 2009 Mt. Carmel Chardonnay exhibits excellent tropical fruit notes intermixed with notions of lemon oil...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Bright yellow. Vibrant pear and Meyer lemon aromas are complicated by anise, ginger and smoky minerals. Dry, nervy and sharply focused,...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 2009 750ml

Rated 94 - Bright yellow. The most high-pitched and mineral-driven of this year's chardonnays, displaying scents of chalk dust, lime zest,...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon 2010 750ml

Rated 93 - Vivid yellow-gold. High-pitched aromas of fresh orchard fruits, minerals, honeysuckle and white pepper show serious power and focus....

California Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.