2011 Fort Ross "Fort Ross Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay

SKU #1126870 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Made from grapes grown in a coastal, cool-climate vineyard, this Chardonnay is gracefully minerally and acidic. It has all the tart, wet-stone tang you could want, along with intense quince, golden mango and Asian pear fruitiness. This lovely wine is worth every cent of its price.  (3/2014)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Wonderfully juicy and bursting with sweet and slightly pulpy, apple-like fruit and enriched by an enticingly creamy bit of caramelly oak in its very deep and well-focused aromas, this fully filled-out Chardonnay is enlivened by plenty of pert acid and, while claiming only 12.8% alcohol, is surprisingly concentrated and very fleshy in feel. If sure to age gracefully, it is quite showy now and will match up nicely with well-seasoned salmon fillets in the immediate term.  (5/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chardonnay exhibits plenty of crisp citrus, fresh acids, an elegant, medium-bodied, mineral-laced mouthfeel, and caramelized fruit, apple blossom and white peach notes. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years. These are impressive offerings from Fort Ross, a winery with which I have had little experience.  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Sleek and elegant, offering a mix of light creamy oak and subtle green fruits, touching on fig and honeydew melon accents. The finish is clean and delicate. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2014)

K&L Notes

The Fort Ross-Seaview appellation is relatively new, having won approval in January, 2012. But winegrowers Lester and Linda Schwartz have been battling the elements here on the "true" Sonoma Coast for two decades, and they've got distinctive wines to show for their efforts. Winemaker is Jeff Pisoni.

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2014 | Send Email
This wine is made from estate fruit grown in vineyards with an ocean view, giving a hint of salinity among zesty acid, a bright mineral streak, and ripe pear, peach, and citrus flavors. This is classic Sonoma Coast, another serious and balanced Chardonnay offering from Fort Ross!
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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, M√Ęcon, 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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 12.8