2006 Flowers "Andreen-Gale" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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Flowers Andreen-Gale Chardonnay is composed mostly of fruit from the Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, with additional fruit coming from cool-climate Sonoma Coast vineyards. Full malo, lees stirring and 30% new French oak aging (11 months) might lead you to think this a typical California Chardonnay. But while the Flowers Andreen-Gale has the unctuousness you might expect, its fruit is clean and vibrant, tending toward citrus and flowers with good acidity and mineral notes enveloping the whole. Idea for food. 91 points Wine & Spirits: "Andreen-Gale is on its way to becoming Flowers' belnd of estate vineyards (this vintage is about 80 percent estate; by 2008 it will be all estate). It's all barrel-fermented, with a higher proportion of new barrels than Flowers uses in the Sonoma Coast wine. For now, this wine's aroma and flavor are restrained, giving a clean, gentle impression that's light rather than pushed. There's the warm spice of alcohol in the end, like tasting paprika on fresh pineapple. Decant for grilled sea bass." (10/09)

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.1