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2003 Chardonnay
2003 Chardonnay  
I have the opportunity to purchase 1-2 cases of 2003 signature Chardonnay  Fairmont San Francisco for a great price. If the wine is still good it would be great for a wedding im having in September. I'm just a little concerned the wine is to old. Thank you for your help in advance.

Brooke

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Brooke,
Don't walk, run from that deal. There's little chance that that wine is anything but completey over the hill. I'm sure with a little perseverence you'll find a very serviceable, still drinkable Chard at fair price. Good luck and congratulations.

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