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Chamisal Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay Califa 

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Cuisine followers know my preference for stainless steel Chardonnays, particularly this winery’s version (formerly Domaine Alfred). Yet I found winemaker Fintan “Fin” du Fresne’s reserve Chard amazing. The texture and flavors of this vintage of Califa are so elegant and beautifully balanced, I couldn’t resist this delightful white. It offers pretty ripe-pear and citrus notes enhanced with nuances of tropical fruit, spice, and vanilla. A special buy for some people at $38 retail but it is well worth the price. And ‘tis the season for giving, to others and to yourself. It’s available at the Edna Valley tasting room and in local shops and restaurants

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