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Professional Ratings: 89 The Wine Advocate
Region: Sonoma County, California
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Item no. 111845
Very similar to the prior vintage, this popular medium-bodied Chardonnay opens with pleasing stone fruit, vanilla and floral spice aromas. On the palate, the wine is well-structured and perfectly-balanced. The 2008 vintage scored a 91 (The Wine Advocate) and this vintage should do just as well.
The 2009 Chardonnay Belle Terre is a beautifully layered wine. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren ages the Belle Terre in French oak barrels (55% new) and gives the wine full malolactic fermentation, both of which contribute to the wine’s multiple dimensions of fruit. This rich, creamy Chardonnay should be enjoyed over the next few years. It, too, delivers considerable quality for the money. The sumptuous, layered style works very well. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.