2012 Pali Wine Company "Charm Acres" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1144314 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chardonnay Charm Acres is an exuberantly fruity effort displaying hints of tropical fruits, white peaches, no evidence of oak, and crisp, fresh, pure flavors. While not particularly complex, it will provide satisfying drinking over the next several years. It should be immensely popular among consumers. (RP)  (12/2013)

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Based in Lompoc but founded by two Pacific Palisades natives (hence the name), Pali quickly developed a following for their charming and value-oriented Pinot Noir, but they make some irresistible Chardonnay as well. The 2012 "Charm Acres" Chard is 100% Sonoma Coast fruit, with lots of just ripe, juicy Chardonnay character. It was for ten months in 25% new oak but you barely notice the oak - this is all about fresh fruit flavors balanced by mouthwatering acidity. Winemaker's notes: "A big impressive Chardonnay with toasty oak, bread dough, lemon curd and lime zest. Rich with lively acid and great weight, mineral laden and hints of litchi and pear on its long finish."

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2014 | Send Email
Pale golden yellow in the glass, with stone fruit and nectar aromas of white peach and Fuji apple coming through. The palate is a bit more intense with loads of flavor and even a touch of baking spice. Bright, with balanced acidity, this flavortown-packed Chardonnay is a kicker for any $30-$40 Chardonnay on the rack. If you place this in a blind tasting it will beat some of your favorite big brand Chards! Absolutely awesome!

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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 (%): 14.5