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Fort Ross 2003 Chardonnay – Sonoma Coast

October 9, 2007

fortross-chard-03.jpg~$25-30US 100% Chardonnay, Sonoma
I want to start by saying this was an enormous surprise, and one of the best chardonnays I’ve had in awhile. Very pale straw color in the glass. Aromatically auspicious, with green apples, pears, lime, and watermelon Jolly Ranchers up front. On the palate this wine shows it stuff as a stunningly-well crafted chardonnay. Full-flavored, but medium in body. Just the right amount of oak to bring in some cinnamon and a tiny bit of vanilla and toast, but these notes support and add complexity to the fruits. The dance of sweetness and acidity make this very exciting on the tongue. Becomes more tropical and complex in the midpalate with some more coconut, peach, lime and even a little strawberry, beyond the apple and pear. A curious mushroom flavor shook things up into the otherwise clean finish, for a final twist. Not only great with food, but simply appetizing. A stunner.

An awesome expression of American chardonnay. This wine rocks the fresh fruit, liveliness, and complexity with style.

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