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Stark Insider Wine Pick: Landmark Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Best of all, there’s no blood filled elevators in sight. Kubrick and The Overlook. There’s another combo that gets the job done in style.

Clinton Stark
03.15.2013 | View Comments

2011 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County

90
OUT OF100
wine reviews
VERDICT: "Smashing stuff"
Sonoma County
Overlook Chardonnay, 14% alc.
$25
www.landmarkwine.com
Landmark Vineyards 2011 Overlook Chardonnay

Landmark Vineyards 2011 Overlook Chardonnay. An elegant label. No circus clowns, classic cars, or sexual references to be found.

Who said hand-calligraphy is dead?

Chardonnay Spring continues. Landmark Vineyards (est. 1974) winemaker Greg Stach’s has a winner on his hands in this Sonoma gem.

His goal was to make a “reserve style” Chardonnay that is an “exceptional value.”

I say mission accomplished.

Medium body. Creamy, less acidic/tannic than other Northern California whites I’ve enjoyed recently. Bursting in flavor: apple, melon, some peach and lemon action too.

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Best of all, there’s no blood filled elevators in sight. Kubrick and The Overlook. There’s another combo that gets the job done in style.

California’s Chardonnay négociant?

I’ll drink to that.

Napa and Sonoma Wine news, events, videos, reviewsLandmark Overlook 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County

100% Chardonnay, French oak aged for 10 months

Released January 2013

18,000 cases, 14% alc.

$25, 90 pts.

Clinton Stark
Clint writes about Silicon Valley (Churchill Club Academy member), film, California wine, theater (ATCA member) and tech including his trusty Canon EOS 70D and, much to his wife's chagrin, his new Pebble smartwatch. A would-be NHLer if it weren't for the clarinet, he tries in vain to direct Loni on Stark Insider TV. He's held executive marketing roles at Cisco, EMC and Salesforce.com, and is active with start-ups across the valley. Clint's story...