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Lake Sonoma Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011

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Flavors of apple and pears complement the soft vanilla oak profile and crme brulee-like finish.

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Lake Sonoma Winery:
You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating the ultimate expression of our Sonoma sub-appellation vineyards. Quality over quantity is our guide. The owner, Gary Heck, said, “If in one season the climate is such that the grapes are not to our quality standards, we won’t make Lake Sonoma wine from them.” Our mission is to produce premium, Sono... Read more
You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating the ultimate expression of our Sonoma sub-appellation vineyards. Quality over quantity is our guide. The owner, Gary Heck, said, “If in one season the climate is such that the grapes are not to our quality standards, we won’t make Lake Sonoma wine from them.” Our mission is to produce premium, Sonoma County sub-appellation and vineyard specific wines: Zinfandels and Fume Blanc from Dry Creek Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Our objective is to create the ultimate expression of these sub-appellations: wines possessing excellent structure, desirable fruit flavors, and intriguing complexity. Raise your expectation. Raise your standards. Lake Sonoma Winery - THE GOLD STANDARD. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Lake Sonoma Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,933
3.00 5
03/17/2014

Caramel, vanilla and creme brulee grace the nose here along with some fennel seed and melony fruit. Broad, supple and yet juicy in the mouth ,this delivers some lovely green apple and melon flavors along with a fair dose of the caramel and creme brulee from the nose. It’s an open, easy drinking style that is fruit forward but with refreshing acids keeping everything lively and adding some bright lemon pith notes to the modest finish. easy to drink and unusually refreshing. The blend of caramel and acid gives this a bit or a cooked orange flavor. 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,933
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 10/06/2011

Oaky on the nose, with plenty of toasted almond and vanilla but there’s plenty of fruit here as well with nice notes of nectarine, pineapple and lime, and a nice note of licorice root. A bit fat and slightly creamy but at the same time this sits rather high on the palate exhibiting lovely definition and a nice bit of cut. The flavors are just a touch indistinct but well balanced with the oak sitting just below the fruit. The backend shows really nice tension and the fruit begins to pop leaving a nice wash of nectarine and lime on the moderately long finish. This is really lovely, lacks a bit around the edges but it is a nicely complete wine. 90pts


Member Reviews for Lake Sonoma Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,933
4.30 5
03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Churee
4301818
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/18/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: randy64
8737249
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/11/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Lake Sonoma Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
10/01/2010

This versatile Chardonnay pairs readily with a variety of foods including fresh fruit, lighter pasta, poultry and seafood.


Vintage: 2009 11/12/2010

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Hesitant suggestions of grapefruit and sour orange in the nose are overlain by a hint of flowery sweetness, yet this wine never quite finds a true varietal voice. It has the texture and weight of Chardonnay, but it comes up short on positive fruit and is too soon cut off by citric tartness.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


Vintage: 2009 07/05/2011

"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Hesitant suggestions of grapefruit and sour orange in the nose are overlain by a hint of flowery sweetness


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/27/2012

Vibrant citrus and tropical fruit aromas layered with rich vanilla and a brioche foundation. Fruit flavors on the palate include green apple and nectarine, with a texture reminiscent of lemon custard.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 04/12/2011

91 Points - Wines & SpiritsAromas of honeysuckle, butterscotch and vanilla; ripe apple flavor with the subtle spice of cinnamon. An elegant mid-palate and a creamy texture with balanced acid and sof


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesFlavors of apple and pears complement the soft vanilla oak profile and crme brulee-like finish.



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