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2005 Babcock Chardonnay Rita's Earth Cuvée (750ml)
Producer: Babcock Winery & Vineyards babcockwinery.com
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$20.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: May 11, 2007 , Babcock Winery & Vineyards babcockwinery.com
"Like our last Rita’s Earth Chardonnay, this wine has New and Old World elements. Last year I thought the domineering side of the wine was its dead ripe, New World fruit. While this year the wine’s aroma is still like a fusion of white pear and apple, its Old World expression and fresh minerality, definitely takes center stage with the fruit. Why the difference? My guess is that this bottling has a bunch of fruit from, if you can believe this, Sanford & Benedict. You don’t make Chardonnay from this revered Sta. Rita Hills vineyard without picking up an uncanny essence of mineral. The flavors again have that mildly creamy, sweet-tart apple character that wants to be both racy and rich at the same time. But with a bit less malolactic this year, the focus is more on the apple and less on the cream."