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August 2012

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Eberle Eberle 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Paso Robles releases in September. Burgundian in style, minerality pats the tongue and sets a tone, cutting through fresh-cut melon flavors. Stirred twice a day for six weeks; fermented in 1/3 stainless steel, 1/3 neutral oak and 1/3 new oak. Edna Valley Vineyard When it comes to minerality, the Edna Valley's seabed soils, rake it in. Edna Valley Vineyard 2009 Paragon Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay speaks to the inherent chalkiness through the complex oak program (wine- maker Josh Baker hand selects from 42 barrels) that carries the fruit and vanilla to the fore with a dollop of striking acidity, making it an easy drinker. Presqu'ile winemaker Dieter Cronje and winery President Matt Murphy. Presqu'ile "The true beauty of terroir lies in comparison," says Presqu'ile winemaker Dieter Cronje. We tasted barrel samples of his 2011 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay, and yes, it was mineral-driven and lean, grown in ancient sand dunes. "Our wines want malo," he added; "it helps the wine runs its course." La Rochelle CA Wholesale Manager Gregory Peebles and winemaker Tom Stutz. La Rochelle Seriously! One of the most gener- ously mouth-filling Chardonnays, pos- sessing the paradigm of chamomile and stoniness . . . La Rochelle 2010 Chardonnay from Rosella's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a swoon wine: from aromatics to texture to abundance in its offerings. No doubt ageable as all get out. august 2012 / the tasting panel / 109

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