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Arrowood Chard Sonoma 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine: "Our Chardonnay style emphasizes the fruit and terroir with integrated oak while dialing up the brightness and structure of the wines. It is refreshing, compelling and complex. This wine shows notes of vanilla, creme brulee, and honey on the nose, balanced by spice, orange blossoms, and hints of peach. The palate is bright with crisp acid, but balanced and round. There are hints of spicy oak with orange, tangerine and a bit of apple. It has a bright finish of honeyed oak." - Winery Vineyard: "We source our fruit from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma-Los Carneros, and other choice growing regions where warm days are tempered by morning fog and afternoon breezes coming from the Pacific Ocean. This climate is well suited to the more delicate, early-ripening varieties such as Chardonnay because the fruit develops more slowly and consistently, resulting in wines of exceptional flavor, complexity, and character." - Winery This wine was also rated 85 Points by the Wine Enthusiast.

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

External Reviews for Arrowood Chard Sonoma

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/13/2014

'The 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County is fruit forward with a rich and opulent mouthfeel. On the nose, aromas of apple, pear and citrus, commingle with hints of toasted nuts and creme brulee. There is a lovely balance of creamy vanilla oak notes and crisp acidity on the palate, and into the lingering finish.' Wine Maker's Notes



Wine: "Our Chardonnay style emphasizes the fruit and terroir with integrated oak while dialing up the brightness and structure of the wines. It is refreshing, compelling and complex. This wine shows notes of vanilla, creme brulee, and honey on the nose, balanced by spice, orange blossoms, and hints of peach. The palate is bright with crisp acid, but balanced and round. There are hints of spicy oak with orange, tangerine and a bit of apple. It has a bright finish of honeyed oak." - Winery Vineyard: "We source our fruit from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma-Los Carneros, and other choice growing regions where warm days are tempered by morning fog and afternoon breezes coming from the Pacific Ocean. This climate is well suited to the more delicate, early-ripening varieties such as Chardonnay because the fruit develops more slowly and consistently, resulting in wines of exceptional flavor, complexity, and character." - Winery This wine was also rated 85 Points by the Wine Enthusiast.

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