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Cloudy Bay 1996 Marlborough (New Zealand) Chardonnay ($21.99)
Clear, bright gold. Apple and pleasant if rather unexpected green-pea and mineral aromas, might make a weird ringer in a blind tasting of quality Austrian Grüner Veltliners! Dry and full-bodied, flavors follow the nose; fresh fruit over a firm acidic structure. Neither Californian nor Burgundian, it's sui generis ... and fine. U.S. importer: Cliquot Inc., NYC. (March 4, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Excellent with a Pacific Rim creation, salmon sausages and tofu in a light soy-tinged chicken stock over cellophane noodles.
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