2010 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast), from a blend of six sites, is an unusual wine because of an exotic aromatic lift that recalls Sauvignon. Apricots, peaches, lemon, mint and savory herbs wrap around the textured, broad-shouldered finish. A vivid, striking wine, the 2010 is loaded with personality. This is an uncommonly delicious and compelling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay with more than enough structure to drink nicely for a number of years. The partially-blocked malo style adds freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. Jason Jardine, formerly General Manager at Rhys, joined Flowers in 2010. The wines I have tasted since then have been interesting and distinctive.
Rich and oaky, this has apricot, orange, vanilla and buttered toast flavors, with crisp acidity providing balance. It takes the popular Chardonnay style to an upper level in terms of the balance and the fanciness of oak.
A little less expensive than its mate below, but a little more open at this point and likely to stay that way for some time now, this well-balanced, nicely fruited wine takes green apples for its focus and layers in a rich note of crème brûlée oakiness. Medium-full in body and hinting nicely at suppleness and a touch of glyceriny roundness, this one will drink well now with grilled white fishes and will likely mature into a wine that can equitably handle the richer white wine dishes.
This floral white displays aromas of ripe, zesty apple and honeysuckle. Firm and complex, with an underlying elegance and spiciness. Should gain with age. Drink now through 2018.
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. Their wines always show the beautiful side of their Sonoma 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.