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40 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

IRONY SMALL LOT RESERVE

CHARDONNAY 2015

Napa Valley

The name “Irony” is a reference to the twists of fate

that led two prodigal sons back home. As young men,

Jay and Chris Indelicato both left the familywinery to

pursue other careers in the big city. A series of happy

accidents eventually led the two back home, and

today, they are the third generation to run Delicato.

Always a great value and crafted in a crowd-pleasing

style that offers up impressive tropical fruit, apple,

vanilla and spice notes, this Chardonnaywill be a good

pairing for grilled seafood or mildly spiced chicken.

Full-bodied & Rich

027409

(XD) 750 mL

$24.95

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LA CREMA SONOMA COAST

CHARDONNAY 2015

Sonoma Coast

TASTING NOTE: Sonoma Coast vineyards enjoy a

long, cool growing season due to the moderating

influence of the Pacific Ocean, and its fogs and winds

that blow inland. This is perfect for slowly ripening

grapes to develop complex flavours and nuances

without lots of sugar that translates to heavy alcohol.

Classic Californian Chardonnay with toast, oak and

green apple on the nose. Full-bodied, and generously

layered. Generous flavours of pear and peach on the

palate with a long, dry finish and a hint of wild white

flowers in a spring rain. Perfect for roast chicken or

mild curries. Drink: 2017-2019. Score:

90

(Natalie

MacLean,

nataliemaclean.com

, April 24, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

962886

(XD) 750 mL

$29.95

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MARTIN RAY CHARDONNAY 2016

Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: Has the full, creamy mouthfeel one

expects in a California Chard, but in this version it’s

appealingly balanced by a tangy, citrus freshness.

(Nick Passmore,

forbes.com

, April 22, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

057067

(XD) 750 mL

$28.95

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USA

–WHITEWINE

CALIFORNIA

BERINGER PRIVATE RESERVE

CHARDONNAY 2015

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: A dense and beautiful chardonnay

with the focus and presence you expect in a top

white from Napa. Full body, yet polished and formed

with beautiful ripe fruit, lemon and mineral character.

Hints of mineral, toasted oak and caramel. Drink or

age. One for the cellar. Score:

96

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, March 20, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

026682

(XD) 750 mL

$59.95

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CALERA CHARDONNAY 2015

Central Coast

TASTING NOTE: A fruity and spicy white, with taut

and fresh flavors of lemon-lime, white currant and

Asian pear, supported by vibrant acidity. Lemon

verbena notes show on the finish. Drink now through

2020. Score:

89

(Kim Marcus,

winespectator.com

,

June 15, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

713313

(XD) 750 mL

$36.95

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CONUNDRUMWHITE 2015

California

(Charles F. Wagner, prop.)

What’s the conundrum here? This is an unorthodox

white blend – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,

Semillon, Muscat Canelli and Viognier, though the

percentages are kept under wraps – and it’s a

delicious one, with notions of peach, melon, spring

flowers and a touch of honeyed lychee. Pair with

Thai or southern Indian cuisine, spicy seafood dishes

or soft, salty cheeses.

Aromatic & Flavourful

694653

(D)

750 mL

$24.95

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