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2008 Lafond SRH Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 13.8% $22

 

Caramel and butterscotch greet the nose over sweet toasted hazelnut notes and layers of dried tropical fruit. This really smells delicious. Sweetish on entry, this is big and intense with a fine set nutty vein of oak flavor offsetting the ripe pineapple, light citrus marmalade and dried apricot fruit on the mid-palate. This is really quite complex in the mouth, showing flashes of mineral, toast and some dried gaminess as the wine transitions to a clear, long pollen and dried fruit toned finish. This really shows some lovely subtlety and isn’t all about the upfront fruit. I really like this. 91pts

 

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