The palate opens with pear and apple flavors with an undercurrent of crushed shells, followed by lightly toasted oak on the mid-palate. Mild lemon comes through on the finish. Acids are in balance and the mouth-feel round and smooth. this received an average rating of three out of five stars in the Palate Press Grand Tasting. Drink with a sage-rubbed pork roast.

WHO: Rodney Strong
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Sonoma County, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $20 (Media sample)

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