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Senior editor Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000. She is the lead taster for Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne and also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy.
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A Ripe Italian White

Tormaresca Chardonnay Puglia 2007

Alison Napjus
Posted: January 4, 2010

As the reigning queen of white wine, the Chardonnay grape is planted in many corners of the globe. And as it is one of the world’s most adaptable and easily manipulated grapes, winemakers produce it in a wide variety of styles. I was reminded of this fact when I tried Tormaresca’s 2007 Chardonnay, from vineyards located in the heel of Italy’s boot.

The wine offered ripe fruit characteristic of the grape—pear, Gala apple and a touch of peach—and hints of spice and smoke. But I liked it for its fresh finish, and the counterpoint that clean, dry finish provided to the rich, lush style upfront. I rated it 85 points, non-blind.

The restaurant where I was dining had this wine by the glass for $12, but a quick Internet search shows that it runs about $9 to $10 a bottle at retail—a nice price for this interesting take on a well-known grape.

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Keir Mccartney
League City,TX —  January 4, 2010 6:13pm ET
You said that without flinching. $12 a glass for a wine that retails at $9 - $10!! I assume you were in Manhatten but even still.....

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