2017 Collier Creek "Front Coach" Lodi Chardonnay

SKU #1403718

Barry and Susan Collier founded their estate winery in 1997 and produce limited quantities of red and white wines from their 20-acre estate vineyard as well as other wines from certain appellations. Certified Green & Sustainable.


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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2019 | Send Email
Easily one of the most delightful discoveries from California of late. Papaya, guava and fresh lime burst from the glass and dance across the tastebuds. Crisp, vibrant and insanely affordable, I was impressed to find out that Collier Creek's wine is certified sustainable. I cannot find fault with this wine, except perhaps a touch of residual sugar that you won't find unless you're looking. Exceptional quality and endlessly fun, this is one to buy by the case.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2019 | Send Email
Simply put, Collier Creek Front Coach Chardonnay is the best bang for your buck.... and surprisingly, it's not your typical California chardonnay either. While it showcases great malo, there's no oak, as it's all fermented in stainless steel. However it's such a beautiful expression of the true potential the Lodi appellation has to offer, and an outstanding price point, definitely worth the whirl/

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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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.