The nose shows baked apple and a tiny dash of nutmeg. The wine is soft of the palate, baked apples and pears, with hite florals coming through on the mid-palate. It was aged in 50% natural oak and 50% stainless steel, and it shows. It has soft, sweet fruits with a rim of brightness. The finish lingers with mild, sweet Meyer lemon. Drink with baked monkfish. Recommended. 87 points. DBH

WHO: Wente
WHAT:  Chardonnay
WHERE: California, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
WHEN: 2012
HOW MUCH: $15 (media sample)

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