Rare reserve Chardonnay from the makers of the famous Overlook Chardonnay. Limited.
The 2010 Damaris Reserve displays light gold hues with aromas of white pear, lime zest, crystallized ginger, chalk, and hints of vanilla, honey, and cookie dough. This medium bodied Chardonnay is dry and balanced with moderate acidity that increases on the palate. Complex flavors of poached white pear, white nectarine, lime zest, crystallized ginger, and vanilla linger on the finish with a pleasant minerality.
The Damaris Reserve Chardonnay is comprised of 53% Lorenzo Vineyard and 47% Rodgers Creek Vineyard fruit. Rodgers Creek Vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap, which sits atop the southern ridge of the Sonoma Mountain range overlooking Los Carneros. The Petaluma Gap is characterized as a very cool, windy, fog influenced area. The Lorenzo Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley and is 100% Wente clone. The soil has a high percentage of clay, which helps give this wine an element of minerality in the flavor profile. Each lot was lightly whole cluster pressed, allowed to settle overnight, and placed into French oak barrels the next morning. Spontaneous yeast fermentation ensued, and the wines underwent malolactic fermentation during the spring of the following year. Aged sur-lie, battonage was performed until late spring to round out the texture and build mouthfeel of the wine. This chardonnay was bottled unfiltered after 15 months of barrel aging.
Nestled at the base of the Mayacama Mountains in the quaint town of Kenwood, Landmark is a winery with a rich history in farming and agriculture. The winery was founded in 1974 by Damaris Deere Ford, great-great granddaughter of John Deere. Today, the winery continues to express its agricultural legacy through Landmark’s everyday vineyard practices.
A new great-value Napa Chardonnay from the folks at PlumpJack's Odette Estate. Limited.
An approachable fun interpretation to Napa Valley Chardonnay! Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and acacia flower. On the palate flavors of green apple, guava, and quince, backed by refreshing acidity and a pleasing finish. We are proud to produce Chardonnay that we feel is a great representation of the broader Napa AVA.
North is the new label from the Central Coast Rhone Master John Alban. Extremely limited.
95 Points Robert Parker: "The greatest Chardonnay yet from Alban, his 2013 Chardonnay had just been bottled prior to my visit. It certainly was showing no ill affects and offers sensational, Montrachet-like notes of ripe apple and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, mineral and cream. Full-bodied, ripe, voluptuous and layered, it's a shame more producers don't attempt this style and settle for a mid-weight, overly acidity, more innocuous expression of the variety. Drink this beautiful wine anytime over the coming decade...These Pinots and Chardonnays all come from John Alban's estate in the Edna Valley. Without a doubt, these 2013s are the greatest I've tasted from him."."
Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert.
94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Chardonnay UV-SL is made from two selections of Old Wente Chardonnay clones planted in classic Goldridge sandy soils. It exhibits the same greenish hue as its siblings, but is slightly more restrained and subdued. Notes of white currants, quince, poached pears, wet rocks and loamy soil nuances emerge from this terroir-driven Chardonnay. Drink 2015-2014...
...Mark Aubert is one of the contenders for California’s finest practitioner of Burgundian-styled, yet classic, California Chardonnays. His offerings are all made like grand cru Burgundies with full malolactic, the use of French oak and lees stirring, but the purity of fruit, the textural dimensions, and the stunning singularity of these Chardonnays can only be matched by a handful of other Chardonnay producers in the world. He’s that good. Aubert’s 2012s, which I have enjoyed multiple times out of bottle since I purchased most of them, merit the scores I gave them last year."