Sonoma-Cutrer 2000 Russian River Ranches Chardonnay ($17.99)
Clear straw color. Oaky vanilla and tropical fruit identify this immediately as a California Chardonnay. Flavors are consistent with the aromas, crisp fruit and sweet oak; butter flavors are present but not overdone. Pleasant wine, showing better structure than many of its "New World" competitors, works particularly well with food. US Importer: (May 17, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: "Butter" and ripe fruit made it a natural match with scallops pan-seared and finished with a slightly sweet lemon-limoncello sauce over pasta.

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