Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

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Region: Italy » Piemonte » Barolo » La Morra » Santa Maria

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Member Reviews for Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay

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Snooth User: esperando
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/13/2011

Gala apple notes.


Snooth User: esperando
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 11/13/2011

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

The 2009 Chardonnay shows lovely balance in its bright citrus fruit and sweet spices. This is a relatively tight, focused style of Chardonnay that impresses for its energy, focus and overall sense of harmony. The fruit was sourced from the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards. The wine was aged on its lees in roughly equal parts oak and steel, with 50% of malolactic fermentation. It is a terrific value in California Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2011andndash;2014.


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Vintage: 2009 08/01/2012

No Chardonnay in California is richer or riper than this. It detonates on the palate with an explosion of pineapples, green apples, tangerines, apricots, honey, butterscotch and dusty cinnamon spices. Acidity is pretty and zesty. Would benefit from greater subtlety, but it sure is opulent.


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Vintage: 2009 08/01/2012

Sleek, clean and vibrant, with lively acidity giving the citrus, citrus blossom and tangerine flavors a mouthwatering vitality. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/04/2012

The 2009 Chardonnay shows lovely balance in its bright citrus fruit and sweet spices. This is a relatively tight, focused style of Chardonnay that impresses for its energy, focus and overall sense of harmony. The fruit was sourced from the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards. The wine was aged on its lees in roughly equal parts oak and steel, with 50% of malolactic fermentation. It is a terrific value in California Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2011ndash;2014.


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Vintage: 2009 08/03/2012

Pale yellow. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with slow-building spiciness and a hint of honey. A deeply flavored midweight that offers juicy pear and tangerine flavors and a bit of back-end heat. Finishes broad and supple, the tangerine note repeating.


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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

A super Chardonnay at a very reasonable price. The grapes come from two vineyards, Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills. The wine is fresh and fragrant, with brisk acidity giving a bracing feel to the citrus, nectarine and pear flavors. Therersquo;s a minerality that adds structural integrity to the richness.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Pale straw in color. Displays a zesty bouquet of Granny Smith apples and lemon meringue, with just a hint of buttered pear. This wine pleasantly balances a suggestion of richness with mouthwatering acidity, giving it an edge. Crisp green apples continue on the palate, flooding your senses with every sip. This would pair wonderfully with Cornish hens roasted with herbes de Provence and buttered potatoes. All in all, this is a graceful, restrained, and delicate Chardonnay with just a slightly lean finish. This isnrsquo;t a Chard for everyone, but I really enjoyed the apple notes. Drink now.


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