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2005 Rex Hill Unwooded Chardonnay*
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Willamette Valley, Oregon $15 The Wine House 9/17/07
A pale-lemon, light-bodied wine with fresh aromas of green apple, melon and lemon that follow through on the palate. Without any oak, the wine has more acidity than most Chards and a short, clean finish. Not enough body or flavor to balance the acidity.

2005 J.P. st M Auvigue Saint Veran "Les Chenes"***
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Burgundy, France $20 The Wine House 9/17/07
A pale yellow, medium-bodied wine with a lovely floral nose with notes of green apple and melon. The palate is a complex mixture of butter, vanilla, citrus and green fruits with a touch of minerality on the finish. An elegant and interesting wine that keeps you coming back to the glass.

2004 Jean Marc Brocard Premier Cru "Montee de Tonnerre"**
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Chablis, France $22 The Wine House 9/17/07
The pale color leads to the light aromas of lemon, asparagus and minerals. Fairly light in body and acidity the palate is full of green apples and wet stones. Good balance, but a short finish diminishes the complexity. More is expected from a Premiere Cru.

2003 Flora Springs Select Cuvee Chardonnay***
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Napa Valley, CA $25 Private Event 10/21/08
A pale-lemon, medium-bodied wine with complex aroman of tropical and stone fruits with notes of vanilla, oak and almonds. The palate is filled with ripe flavors of apricot, peach, melon and honey with hints of sweet spice and oak on the lingering finish. This is a well-structured wine with a lush mouthfeel, but enough acidity to keep it from being flabby. The oak is present, but well-integrated for a CA chardonnay. I was surprised by how much I liked this wine, considering I am not a big fan of the Napa style. If it wasn't at a tasting I would have finished the whole glass.

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