2008 Marimar Estate "La Masia-Don Miguel Vineyard" Russian River Chardonnay

SKU #1117968 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Marked by high acidity and stony minerals, this is an austerely elegant Chardonnay. Its natural lime and Meyer lemon flavors have been enriched with sweet oak. Shows the pedigreed finesse of its chilly climate estate origin. Drink now.  (5/2011)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One star* Rich, well-ripened and defined equally by both its sweet apples and its nicely proportioned oak, this deeply fruited offering sports very fine balance and is at one and the same time both weighty and light on its feet. It is lifted by a pert note of acidity and shows good continuity at the finish, and, as tasty as it is at the moment, it is a Chardonnay that will improve with time in the bottle.  (5/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh, intense and vibrant, this is clean and refreshing, with a lemon-citrus edge to the green apple and spice notes. Ends with a delicate touch. Drink now through 2015.  (6/2011)

K&L Notes

Insane deal on a beautiful Russian River Chardonnay. This is a more balanced and leaner style, so fans of big butterball Chardonnay need not apply.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
This 2008 vintage possesses a citrus and mineral bouquet that reveals notes of pear, green apple, melon and lightly toasted oak. On the palate the wine is lively and complex with flavors that include pear, fresh apple, limestone and balanced with toasty oak. It has a long, expansive finish that ends with just the right amount of acidity to make this the perfect complement to many types of cuisine.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2013 | Send Email
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Marimar Torres you would come away remembering one thing, how she exudes class. She does it in such an effortless way, without pretention or snobbery, and somehow that same feel gets personified in her wines. What is in the bottle here, and furthermore in all of the Marimar Estate wines, is not about bombast or trendiness but about congruent parts all coming together seamlessly and without effort. The 2008 Marimar Estate "La Masia-Don Miguel Vineyard" Russian River Chardonnay is a wine that is not for the Rombauer/bigger is better set but more for people that like there Chardonnays to champion balance above all else, fans of Macon and Pouilly-Fuisse should take note here. The nose balances the subtle toast of new oak barrels, around a third new oak is used here, with underlying granite like minerality, sandalwood and citrus oil. Bright and sassy on entry this snowballs richness, earth and texture as it goes along to the dry, yet generous finish of preserved lemon and toasted oats. Flavors of Clementines, graham cracker, papaya and hazelnut pop up along the way and meld seamlessly into the medium weighted frame. A poised and yes, classy, wine for twenty dollars.

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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 (%): 14.2