2011 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County

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VERDICT: "Smashing stuff"
Sonoma County
Overlook Chardonnay, 14% alc.
www.landmarkwine.com Review by Clinton Stark

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.

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100% Chardonnay, French oak aged for 10 months

Released January 2013

18,000 cases, 14% alc.

$25, 90 pts.

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