The Trouble with Wine “Super” Stores

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      2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay

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      Arrogant Frog Live Virtual Tasting – July 15, 2014

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      2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley

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      DeBarge Winery

      … do well on the table or on the patio. It would do even better if those Chambourcin vines had been ripped out as per my suggestion, and never made it into this wine. Good, maybe Very Good. 85-87 Points. 2012 Trillium White: Retail $15. Traminette (44%), Chardonnay (21%) , Vidal Blanc (10%), Viognier (25%). Somewhat similar to Chambourcin…

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      Giant Steps Tarraford Chardonnay 2012

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