By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2013 | Send Email
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Marimar Torres you would come away remembering one thing, how she exudes class. She does it in such an effortless way, without pretention or snobbery, and somehow that same feel gets personified in her wines. What is in the bottle here, and furthermore in all of the Marimar Estate wines, is not about bombast or trendiness but about congruent parts all coming together seamlessly and without effort. The 2008 Marimar Estate "La Masia-Don Miguel Vineyard" Russian River Chardonnay is a wine that is not for the Rombauer/bigger is better set but more for people that like there Chardonnays to champion balance above all else, fans of Macon and Pouilly-Fuisse should take note here. The nose balances the subtle toast of new oak barrels, around a third new oak is used here, with underlying granite like minerality, sandalwood and citrus oil. Bright and sassy on entry this snowballs richness, earth and texture as it goes along to the dry, yet generous finish of preserved lemon and toasted oats. Flavors of Clementines, graham cracker, papaya and hazelnut pop up along the way and meld seamlessly into the medium weighted frame. A poised and yes, classy, wine for twenty dollars.