2011 Landmark "Overlook" Sonoma County Chardonnay (Previously $23)

SKU #1127533 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Landmark's 2011 Chardonnay Overlook is a solid value in California Chardonnay. It offers good definition and balance to match a soft, approachable personality well-suited for near-term drinking. Lemon oil, white peaches, butter, earthiness and a dash of tropical fruit inform an expressive finish that is pure California. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015. (AG)  (4/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold. Aromas of dried pit fruits, melon, honey, tarragon and white flowers. Warm and fleshy on the palate, offering pliant, ginger-accented peach, honeydew and poached pear flavors. Very fruity, with a touch of finishing warmth and lingering spiciness.  (6/ 2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 The sourcing on Landmark’s Overlook bottling has changed constantly over the years. This 2011 is certainly rich in pineapples, nectarines, tangerines, Meyer lemons and smoky oak.  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Winery Note: "The 2011 vintage is an artfully selected blend of twenty-one vineyards. Our relationships with each vineyard spans many years, if not decades. Lone Oak Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Bald Mountain in the Sonoma Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, Lorenzo Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, and Flocchini Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap all grace this vintage’s blend."

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/8/2013  | Send Email
When doing an event for 200, I'd guesstimate that 8 out of every 10 white wine drinker will be requesting a Chardonnay. And there are generally 2 kinds of Chard drinkers, those that love butter and oak, and those that don't. With the Landmark I think there is a perfect balance that will satisfy all palates. Just the right amount of French oak to give it richness, and a touch of vanilla to remind you why we love using oak on wine and gild the liquid lily. Landmark also uses wild yeast, and a combination of hand sorted berries and whole clusters. The acidity is bright and cleansing. I served this at a recent passed hors d'oeuvres event where I prepared mini butter poached lobster rolls and, Porcini/truffle/Parmesan popcorn,arancini with smoked tomato coulis, caramelized onion tartlettes with goat cheese, and a simple cauliflower soup that all went beautiful with this Chard. Guests were also secretly served by drafted Giant's pitcher Christian Jones.

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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:

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