1995 Kalin Cellars "Cuvée LD" Sonoma County Chardonnay

SKU #1060358 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is no typographical erro--the current release is the 1995 Chardonnay Cuvee LD. This reasonably priced white was bottled without filtration in August, 1996. Nearly fifteen years later, it still exhibits a light straw color with only a hint of gold. The wine is amazingly youthful, offering up notes of unbuttered popcorn, white currants, white peaches, honeysuckle and background earth and orange/nectarine characteristics. Medium to full-bodied with zesty acidity and, by California's standards, moderately high alcohol (14.8%), it should continue to drink well for at least another decade. No kidding. (RP)  (2/2011)

K&L Notes

Kalin Cellars is an outlier in the California wine world. Where more and more wineries produce wines to be enjoyed now, Kalin produces wines that get better with age. And rather than asking you to buy now and drink later, they hold their wines until they think they're ready. That's why the 1995 Cuvee LD is among their current releases! The fruit for this stunning Chardonnay comes from the low-yielding, Wente clone vines at Long Vineyards in West Dry Creek. Fermented for 10 months in half new French oak, the wine was bottled in 1996, where it remained in the Kalin cellars until recently. Nutty and full of fresh citrus character, white flowers and stone fruit. Voluptous, but in balance, this wonderful wine offers so much now, but still has the stuffing to shine for another 10 years or more.

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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, M√Ęcon, 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).