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Landmark Chardonnay California Overlook 2008

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Each lot is lightly whole cluster pressed, allowed to settle for a day and placed into 100% French oak where it spontaneously ferments without the addition of cultured yeast. The barrels are stirred twice a month to round out the wine and build texture.

Region: USA » California » Sonoma County

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Landmark Vineyards:
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the... Read more
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the family tradition in agriculture, relocated Landmark Vineyards from Windsor, a town that was slowly being smothered by urban sprawl to a spectacular piece of land at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. Damaris believed that Landmark could be a small jewel of a winery and built a Spanish mission style winery equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment capable of producing 20,000 cases of wine per year. With the help of renowned Landscape architect, Morgan Wheelock, she developed the 20-acre site into a lush, gorgeously landscaped wine estate. Damaris convinced her son, Michael Deere Colhoun and his wife Mary to move from the east coast and join her as partners in the winery. Once settled, the Colhouns set in motion a plan that would truly make the winery a landmark. In 1993, they hired world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley to work with winemaker, Eric Stern. This collaboration led to some excellent winemaking. Under Eric’s direction, Landmark’s wines have consistently garnered rave reviews from the wine writers. Our signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list 7 times since 1997. The names of Landmark’s wines reflect their John Deere heritage. Landmark and Overlook were family homes. The Grand Detour Pinot Noir is named for the location of John Deere’s blacksmithing shop in Illinois. And with a nod to the beginning of it all, the Syrah is aptly named “Steel Plow.” Landmark’s mission is “to make great wines that enhance the joy of life.” Quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to the estate vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different vineyards and those selected are among the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of California’s winegrowing regions. While the variation of the wines from vintage to vintage can be dramatic or subtle, the crafting of each year’s wine is guided by a single overriding philosophy at Landmark: “less is more.” According to Winemaker, Eric Stern, “The less the wine is manipulated, the more flavors and aromas remain to enjoy.” Tasting Room Landmark’s Tasting Room is located on the corner of Highway 12 and Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood. The Tasting Room is open seven days a week and is closed only on major holidays. Hours of operation: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM seven days a week. Read less

Member Reviews for Landmark Chardonnay California Overlook

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
06/25/2011

Delicious, nicely balanced chardonnay. - Tasted at winery 12/29/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
09/03/2011

Still a great chardonnay! Layered, well structured and wonderfully balanced. Delicious! - Tasted at winery Feb 2011


Snooth User: winejaunt
861874117
2.00 5
08/02/2011

So, I should start by saying that I generally don't like malo Chardonnays. This is one actually pretty OK in my book though. Honestly, it tastes like buttered popcorn. Seriously, it really does.


Snooth User: schello
8517467
3.50 5
06/03/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Landmark Chardonnay California Overlook

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

Yellow-gold. Musky aromas of ripe pear, peach and pineapple; a real fruit cocktail on the nose. Round but dry, with lush pit fruit and melon flavors and a touch of sweetness. Fairly straightforward chardonnay with good finishing breadth and gently sweet persistence.


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

Green apple, floral, lime and citrus blossom scents give this full-bodied Chardonnay a distinctive edge. Crisp and flinty, ending with wet stone. Drink now through 2012.


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

The 2007 Chardonnay Overlook (most from Sonoma County with about 20% from Santa Barbara and Monterey) offers a beautiful bouquet of peaches, pineapples, and other tropical fruits along with super-purity and focus. Medium to full-bodied, crisp, and pure, with the oak pushed to the background, this beautiful Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next several years. The always reliable Landmark winery continues to turn out a bevy of Burgundian-styled Pinot Noirs and impressive Chardonnays. One of the best Chardonnay values in the marketplace is their Overlook.


External Review
10/24/2011

The top value is the excellent 2008 Chardonnay Overlook, 75% of which is accessed from Sonoma and 25% from Santa Barbara. Its medium straw/green color is followed by notes of poached pears, cloves, white currants, and nectarines, pure fruit, medium to full body, and a good finish. It should drink well for 2-3 years. Winemaker Eric Stern judiciously uses wood as a complementary seasoning, which is evident in all these Chardonnays. Yellow-gold. Musky aromas of ripe pear, peach and pineapple; a real fruit cocktail on the nose. Round but dry, with lush pit fruit and melon flavors and a touch of sweetness. Fairly straightforward chardonnay with good finishing breadth and gently sweet persistence.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

An 18,000 cases blend from multiple vineyards, it is generally a fruit-driven effort with more texture than one would expect for the price. The 2000 is a delicate, crisp, graceful offering with a light greenish/gold color, medium body, and plenty of honeysuckle, citrus oil, and tropical fruit notes. Enjoy it over the next 1ndash;2 years.


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

Green-gold. Fresh, spicy scents of orange, melon and minerals. Taut citrus flavors are focused and refreshing, with good mineral lift on the back. Finishes clean, brisk and persistent.


External Review
05/23/2011

Sonoma, CaliforniaLandmark Overlook Chardonnay is a special white wine gem from Sonoma and Santa Barbara Counties that brings back fond memories of many pleasurable visits to the winery. Its setting is splendid, its wines seducing and its bocce court relaxing after a long day of wine tasting in Sonoma! Damaris Deere Ford, great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, relocated Landmark Vineyards from Windsor to a spectacular piece of land at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. Damaris believed that Landmark could be a small jewel of a winery and built a Spanish mission style winery equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. Damaris convinced her son, Michael Deere Colhoun, and his wife Mary to move from the east coast and join her as partners in the winery. In 1993, they hired world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley to work with winemaker Eric Stern. This collaboration has led to some excellent winemaking. The 2007 vintage received stellar ratings from the top critics: 92 Wine Spectator, 90 Parker and 90 Tanzer. This new 2008 vintage was just released.The twenty-two separate vineyards that comprise Landmark Overlook Chardonnay include such distinguished growers as Sangaciomo, Bien Nacido, Martinelli, and Lorenzo. All the wines in the Overlook bottling are barrel fermented using indigenous yeasts and undergo full malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged sur lie for nine months in Burgundian barrels and racked to tanks for blending. The aromas of toasted almonds, caramel, and coconut are followed by crisp green apple and lemon rind flavors that convey a certain minerality. The wine is rich and full-bodied with an enticing finish.Enjoy Landmark Overlook Chardonnay as a very food-friendly wine. Its acidity will pair well with seafoods and shellfish, and complement pastas with cream sauces, as well as roast chicken and pork roast with fruit.


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Each lot is lightly whole cluster pressed, allowed to settle for a day and placed into 100% French oak where it spontaneously ferments without the addition of cultured yeast. The barrels are stirred twice a month to round out the wine and build texture.

Each lot is lightly whole cluster pressed, allowed to settle for a day and placed into 100% French oak where it spontaneously ferments without the addition of cultured yeast. The barrels are stirred twice a month to round out the wine and build texture.

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