2012 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Lemon oil, grapefruit, mint, white flowers and crushed rocks all jump from the glass in the 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast). A wine of energy and tension, the 2012 impresses for its cut and overall balance. I very much like the way the 2012 brings together the richness of the year and the personality of the appellation.
Wine & Spirits
Flowers’ multi-site Chardonnay blend draws on their Camp Meeting Ridge estate as well a handful of other far-coast plantings. In 2012 it’s creamy and fresh, like a ripe pear bursting with juice. There’s enough acidity to keep it frisky, while delicate floral aromas speak to the cool coastal sunshine that grew the vines.
In 1989 Walt and Joan Flowers, with great expertise in agriculture and nurseries, turned their attention and passion to the beautiful Sonoma Coast and its perfect position for growing both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their success in this venture is quite well known in the wine collector world now, and they produce some of the most striking Sonoma wines around. They produce both Estate wines from their Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge vineyards, and wines from vineyards they carefully oversee and control in Sonoma County. Their wines always show the beautiful side of their Sonoma Coast origins and are wonderful examples of why vineyards along the high coastal ridges are special. Cool coastal fog and warm summer temperatures combine for a perfect climate for ripening both varietals to perfection.