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DRAGONETTE CHARDONNAY, DUVARITA VINEYARD, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 2014
NVWE Notes: Dragonette takes a gentler, more early-drinking approach to Duvarita fruit in contrast to the powerhouse style Paul Lato favors, so this wine caresses rather than overwhelms. In the nose, scents of grapefruit sorbet, lemon drop, lemon curd and quince jelly create a racy counterpoint to richer notes of white peach, tarte tatin, orange soufflé, brioche and white rose. The same zesty-creamy interplay brings a sleekness to otherwise palate-coating flavors of lemon cream pie, baked green apple, quince, white peach pit, grapefruit zest, orange zest, almond, toasted hazelnut and to a pretty strain of Crenshaw melon that grows ever richer with airing. The finish is long and texturally rich, yet a hint of saline minerality keeps everything dinner-worthy. 175 cases produced.