This is the grassy, herbal side of chardonnay in aroma and flavor, though it does turn more leanly mineral on the palate. When the wine was a bit warm, I detected a hint of a metallic taste on the end-palate and in finish, which mostly recedes into some citrus in the finish. So it would be important to drink this wine very cold. Pairs with light meals like seafood. Recommended with reservations. BSE

WHO: Craggy Range
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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