2010 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook 375 ml

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"Complex, if on a modest scale, with easy-drinking apple, pear and honeydew melon flavors. Turns lighter on the finish. Drink now. 12,200 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2010 Chardonnay Overlook bursts from the glass with juicy apricots, honeysuckle, lemon and pear. Floral notes appear later, adding lift and freshness. The raciness of the cold harvest comes through beautifully in the wine’s vibrant finish. Landmark’s Overlook Chardonnay is one the finest wines in its price range and production level (there are 12,200 cases of the 2010). Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.

I have been a big fan of the Landmark wines since visiting the winery nearly a decade ago. The Chardonnays in particular remain some of the most fairly priced Chardonnays in California." (WA)

"Bright yellow. Peach nectar and pear on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lush and palate-coating, with good finishing cling, persistent spiciness and a touch of warmth." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Notes
The 2010 Overlook harvested started on September 28th, when Bald Mountain, a dry farmed Chardonnay vineyard perched above Sonoma Valley at 1,700 feet in the Mayacama Range became ripe. This was a late year due to a very cool and mild summer. The entire 2010 harvest took a little over three weeks, rather than the six weeks that we are used to. The majority of the Chardonnay was harvested in the second week of October and concluded on the 21st of October when we harvested the Rodger’s Creek Vineyard, a very cool and exposed vineyard on the Sonoma Coast.

Winemaker Notes
Each lot is lightly whole cluster pressed, allowed to settle for a day and placed into 100% French oak barrels where it spontaneously ferments without the addition of cultured yeast. The barrels are stirred twice a month to round out the wine and build texture.

Tasting Notes
On the nose, the wine has notes of brioche, preserved lemon, vanilla, and white peach. This unfiltered medium weight Chardonnay features flavors of citrus, sweet oat straw, grilled nectarine, and white chocolate followed by nutmeg spice and a hint of oak toast.

Suggested Food Pairing
This well-structured wine will pair well with seafood entrees, roasted poultry dishes and even spicy Asian cuisine.