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Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed. The juice was settled off heavy lees and put to barrel for fermentation. Temperatures were in the 65-72 degree range followed by stirring of light lees for 4 months in barrel. Mostly native yeast and malo-lactic (ML) fermentations with only a few lots fermented using cultured burgundy isolates. Fermentations were complete by March of 2006.

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Flowers Vineyard & Winery:
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a sma... Read more
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that's exactly where they landed. In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them. Today, Flowers Winery produces 15,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge and Flowers Ranch, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews. In addition to direct consumer sales, the wines are sold to fine restaurants and retailers in the US and overseas. Read less

External Reviews for Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2002 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast reveals a light green/gold color, a pleasant perfume of honeysuckle and oak, medium body, and a hazelnut character not unlike a Meursault. It is best consumed over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Tight, with fresh earth, mineral, green apple and lemony citrus notes that are compact and concentrated, ending with a long, clean, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Slightly hazy pale gold color. Leesy, oaky aromas of marzipan, vanilla, nutmeg and brioche. Juicy, stony and rather laid-back on the palate, with notes of minerals, honey and nutmeg and a hint of pear. Very firm, dry wine that's not yet showing much of a fruit component.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

One of the tiniest vineyards on the Sonoma Coast (and I do mean on the coast as it has a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean), proprietors Walt and Joen Flowers received top-notch advice in their formative years from the likes of Helen Turley, John Wetlaufer, and more recently, Steve Kistler. The 2000 Chardonnay offers aromas of honeyed lemon rind, tropical fruits, and a hint of minerals in its precise, pretty, medium-bodied personality. It does not whack the taster over the head with too much oak or fruit. This subtle yet authoritative, immensely pleasurable, white will drink well for several years. This wine is an outstanding, complex, elegant, flavorful effort with multiple nuances. It is unfiltered.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

For this Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Flowers winery has maintained long-term contracts with vineyards. Extremely Burgundian in style, this is cool-climate Chardonnay at its best. Flowers has produces a white that is well-balanced, with a slight creaminess, while notes of mushroom and citrus reveal themselves on the palate.



Tasting Notes:

Showing balanced depth and complexity, light straw to golden color, aromas unfold with layers of lemon peel, green apple, orange blossom and wet stone minerality. This vintage shows weighted richness on the palate, a supple texture, long clean finish with fresh and bright acidity. Showing very well now and will continue to gain complexity for 1 - 3 years.

Fruit was rigorously hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed. The juice was settled off heavy lees and put to barrel for fermentation. Temperatures were in the 65-72 degree range followed by stirring of light lees for 4 months in barrel. Mostly native yeast and malo-lactic (ML) fermentations with only a few lots fermented using cultured burgundy isolates. Fermentations were complete by March of 2006.

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1915 cases produced.

Aged 10 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% French oak; 30% new. Time in barrel = 10 months

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter

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