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EMBLEM

Chardonnay 2017

(Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA) $35

When non-oaked California chardonnays arrived on the scene about 15 years or so ago, I thought: yes! Now, I’m resigned to thinking: no. Because while they may not be made with oak, most of them are still buttery and as sweet and dull as marshmallows. Then, recently, I tasted Emblem, a fresh, snappy, sophisticated chardonnay that pulses with cool-climate personality, and delivers a lovely sense of richness at the same time. It has a discreet touch of oak, and it’s more than good. It is (I hope) a sign of (chardonnay) things to come. Emblem is part of the Michael Mondavi Family of wines. (14.5% abv)

90 points KM

Available at Michael Mondavi Family Estate

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