2012 Kalinda Carneros Chardonnay

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An outstanding classic Sonoma Chardonnay from a very famous Napa producer. This beauty takes the cake with delicious flavors of appley fruit and some toasty notes. Wonderfully balanced. An the producer you ask? We are sworn to secrecy. Save some dough by picking up a wonderful Carneros Chard at a fraction of the cost you'll find from the winery's commercial bottlings from the region.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/18/2013  | Send Email
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I know many of you went nuts over the previous 2011 Napa Chardonnay that we had, with its rich, creamy, fat style with tons of oak and a full malolactic presentation, this beauty has richness, depth, and better structure, and exhibits better balance and more upfront fruit characteristics. Opulent aromas of spicy cinnamon apple to tropical fruit tones with hints of a creamy, vanilla note, this wonderful wine offers gorgeous rich fruit flavors with excellent acid structure and depth of flavor. This Gem will be, according to Rusty, one of our house whites for however long it is around. 14.5% ABV
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2013  | Send Email
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Kalinda Chardonnay…. When I put my nose in the glass, I said to myself wow this is expensive Chardonnay like one of my favorite Ca. Chards Ramey! Just a hint of tropical California fruit, but the wine is super fresh and shining with good acidity; a touch in the burgundian style. I was thrilled when I found out it was the new Kalinda! If you like the big fat/buttery style of Chardonnay, this wine is not for you!
Drink from 2013 to 2015

By: Mellyn Craig |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2013  | Send Email
Hello Summertime Chardonnay! The 2012 Kalinda Carneros Chardonnay is so delicious and a steal at this price! In fact, I intend on putting this in a blind taste test against more expensive Chardonnays and I know it will be a contender. This wine has gorgeous subtle notes of creamy lemon, green apple, honeysuckle and white flowers. The bright acidity and minerality brings structure and balance. This wine is a great example of a Chardonnay that shows some pretty California fruit with Burgundian structure and acidity.

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2013  | Send Email
Soft oak and vanillin on the nose, bright acidity and minerality on the palate. This wine really goes "The Distance".

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2013  | Send Email
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The newest edition of our anxiously anticipated Kalinda Chardonnay is here! After tasting thru literally hundreds of samples we picked a drop-dead winner, the 2012 Kalinda Carneros Chardonnay is perhaps my favorite Kalinda Chardonnay of all-time. We’ve made richer Chardonnays in the past and fruitier Chardonnays and unoaked Chardonnays but the 2012 Kalinda Carneros Chardonnay has it all. The nose starts off with a burst of lemon-crème, sugarloaf, white flower and green fig notes. The palate is beautiful mix of green apples, tropical fruit, honey, hazelnuts and a touch of oak. The wine has fantastic acidity which gives the wine great lift and verve and the structure of a fine white Burgundy. If you’re looking for your summertime Chardonnay that you can enjoy as a weekday sipper or something slightly better for your weekend entertaining then look no further, the 2012 Kalinda Carneros Chardonnay is for you.
Drink from 2013 to 2015

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/13/2013  | Send Email
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Wow! From this Sauvignon Blanc lover, I think this California Chardonnay is top notch. A creamy, melony aroma with apple nuances and a touch of oak. On the palate, the wine has good richness balanced by fine acidity. Just tasting it with a few K&L staff, the word Chassagne Montrachet was mentioned. If you love well made, well priced Chardonnay, try this one. They say the 2012 California vintage was great-here is a great Chardonnay.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 6/29/2013 
Typical Chardonnay color in the glass. Lovely buttery, rich nose of tropical & stone fruits. Lots of 50/50 in this wine. Fresh & lively on the palate with tropical & lemon fruits. What is striking is the balance. This is neither overtly fruity nor shows too much oak or malo influence. Plus the acid evident is both refreshing & balances it all out. Although I would not consider myself a Chard lover I really am enjoying this wine. Well done!

Additional Information:

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 (%): 14.5