Sunset's 2010 Western Wine Awards

After this year’s grand taste-off, 40 bottles rose to the top. Plus we found the people and places that are changing what we’re drinking

Western Wine Awards 2010: Splurges

At $50 and more, these wines are best for big spenders or the rare splurge

Fine Chardonnay
Photo by Jeffery Cross

Fine Wines: Chardonnay

J. Rochioli 2008 Rachael’s Vineyard Chardonnay Delicate waves of fruit—tart Sierra Beauty apples, earthy pear, fresh litchi, and orange—lightly touched with French oak and finished with crème brûlée. (Russian River Valley; $70)

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