2009 Two Sisters "Courtney's Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1121894 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Well-defined, ripe-apple fruit serves as a strong foundation to this outgoing wine while hints of honey, caramel and the bakery shop smells of fresh pastry provide nuances of richness. A nicely crafted and very generous wine of exemplary balance, it builds and builds en route to a flavorful, long-lasting finish. It is enjoyable now, but it has the structure and depth to make for easy predictions that it will improve in the bottle for another three to five years.  (6/ 2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 There’s a bright, brisk vein of acidity in this dry wine, which stimulates the palate and gets the tastebuds watering. The true flavors sink into the middle palate, suggesting grilled pineapple, tangerine jam and buttered toast. A firm minerality grounds and braces the richness. Don’t drink this Chardonnay too cold.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Two Sisters is a project of Foley Estates in the Santa Rita Hills appelation of Santa Barbara County. The Chardonnay is selected from the best blocks of Courtney's Vineyard on Foley's Rancho Las Hermanas property. The vineyard blocks are planted with the heirloom Villa Mt. Eden Chardonnay clone, which is known for its bright citrus and orchard fruit profile and ability to express minerality.

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/19/2013  | Send Email
Butter, vanilla, coconut, very plush and rich! Medium acidity. Delicious chardonnay for those who enjoy a fuller style!
Top Value!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2013  | Send Email
For all you Cali Chard lovers welcome to your new addiction. Creamy and rich, but not so oaky that it feels bitter or smoky, just buttery bliss with creamy texture like buttered bread with poached pears, this is making me hungry. I think this is a much more balanced with than your big name houses, and definitely gives Rombauer a run for its money.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5