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Rodney Strong 2010 Chardonnay Sonoma County

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This Chardonnay impressed me, especially considering its value-price of $13.50 retail. Sixty percent barrel fermented, the oak doesn’t overwhelm the tasty fruit flavors, but adds pleasant notes of spice and vanilla. The other 40 percent was cold-fermented to retain its natural fruit flavors. I enjoyed the forward green apple, sweet pear, and bright lemon aromas and flavors. It will age a couple of years, but this is a wine people will really appreciate during holiday parties. It’s available at BevMo! and usually sale priced at $10.99.

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