2013 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay

SKU #1201865 Wine Enthusiast

 A well-crafted wine made in relatively large quantity, this has a tropical edge, sidelining stone fruit and apple. It also offers a lightness of pear skin, atop light, ripe layers of vanilla and oak. The finish puts memorable touches to a generous, expressive palate. (VB)  (10/2015)

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 Easy-drinking, with fresh flavors of zesty tangerine, melon, Golden Delicious apple and light baking spices, ending clean and refreshing. Drink now. 35,000 cases made. (JL)  (7/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Very easygoing Chardonnay, lots of pineapple, citrus and even a touch a clove spices. An easy choice for a big event.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
A nose of sweet butter, baking spice and lemon starts things off on this solidly built Chardonnay. The palate does a neat trick, and manages to be simultaneously creamy-textured and fresh. There’s no heaviness to the tangerine, pear, and pineapple flavors, and though there is a slight reprise of the aforementioned sweet butter rounding out the finish, it isn't slathered on.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2016 | Send Email
Like its sister wine, the wonderful Pinot Noir, this Chardonnay is zesty and refreshing with orange, apple and a nice touch of citrus. Not a big, buttery style, but one that lends itself to various foods or is very enjoyable on its own. A wonderful bargain!
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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2016 | Send Email
The guys behind the Amici label have done it again! This Olema second label offering, focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is yet another incredible value. The 2013 vintage was both exceptional and plentiful, leading to some fantastic excess fruit from around California that makes up this year's Olema Chardonnay. Notes of fresh golden apple and citrus fruits, with great acidity and perfect oak balance. Easily our go to Chardonnay this summer!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2016 | Send Email
Miraculous CA Chard for the price. The guys at Amici really over deliver with the Olema wines. This is easy drinking, fruit forward, subtly oaked Chardonnay with nice purity and restraint. An all rounder that will suit many occasions and palates.
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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2016 | Send Email
I was really surprised by the quality of this wine even more so at this price. The nose shows wonderful, complex apply aromatics that lead to a creamy and balanced palate feel. A real focus and brightness on the finish, excellent value
Drink from 2016 to 2018

By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2016 | Send Email
This beautifully classic Sonoma County chardonnay is the second label from Amici, but it is far from second tier. It is clear that the same time and attention are given to both wines. I find the Olema to be extremely well balanced. The cool Sonoma nights brought great acid that is softened by the use of French oak. Mild temperatures during the growing season let the grapes ripen slowly really bringing out great flavors of yellow apple and pear with hints of tropical fruits. The wine is dynamic, layered and delicious! Definitely worth a try!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2016 | Send Email
This is one of our perennial favorite chardonnays! Classic California, with real finesse, this is an unbelievable deal! Lovely soft orchard fruit, crowned with a touch of toasted oak and a great creamy palate, the quality of this wine is exceptional! This may well be a new staple for you, or a perfect bottle to open with friends any night of the week!

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2016 | Send Email
The second label of staff and customer favorite, Amici Cellars. From fruit sourced in Sonoma Carneros, the Russian River and Sonoma Coast, the 2013 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay is richly textured with generous apple and pear notes nicely integrated with lightly spicy oak. A superbly crafted wine from an outstanding vintage, and a terrific deal in a California Chardonnay.
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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.
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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 (%): 14.2