2012 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright full yellow. Musky aromas of candied apple, nutmeg, honeysuckle and toasty oak, complicated by a leesy nuance. Round, sweet and ripe, with a savory aspect to the flavors of ripe apple, pineapple, toast and brown spice. This rather glyceral Chardonnay shows a saline umami quality but holds its shape nicely. Finishes with good lingering fruit. Remarkably inexpensive.
New French oak brings plenty of buttered toast and vanilla to this sweet, rather simple Chardonnay. It’s a wine with universal appeal, with bright pineapple, lemon-meringue pie and honeysuckle flavors.
A bold and assertive style, with rich, honey-laced melon, pear, apricot and fig flavors that are pure, focused and persistent. Drink now. (Web-2014)
Olema is produced by the folks at Amici Cellars. Their Chardonnay blends fruit from the Russian River and Carneros, fermented and aged in a combination of stainless and French oak barrels. A little more than half the juice goes through malo, creating a wine that still has lift and acidity, but is rich and textured on the mid-palate and finish. Oak spice complements the cooler-climate Chardonnay fruit's apple and citrus aromas and flavors.