2006 Windsor Sonoma Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1044351

91 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and concentrated, full-bodied and still a bit raw, this delivers a complex mix of pear, apple, spice and honeysuckle, ending with a long finish that offers a glimpse of smoky marshmallow. Drink now through 2011. 2,262 cases made." (Tasting Highlights, Dec. 8, 2008) 91 points and listed in the "Top Value California Wines" Issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chardonnay is classic Californian in its display of assorted tropical fruits, full-bodied opulence, superb purity, good acidity, and long finish." (08/08) Everybody, including Robert Parker and our wine-hardened, overly critical, Euro-centric staff has raved about what a great value this is. With notes of cornmeal, fresh pear and undertones of dried honey and toffee you know instantly what you're getting yourself into. From the get-go this is big and rich, full of bold aromas and flavors like buttercream, warm popcorn and baked red apples. But where this really stands out is its dryness. There are so many borderline sweet chardonnays on the market today under $20; it is like a sea of sugar out there. But the Windsor Sonoma remains staunchly dry throughout and has plenty of texture and toasty oak to boot. We only have 90 cases of this workhorse, get some while you can. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9