Landmark Chardonnay California Overlook 2008
Delicious, nicely balanced chardonnay. - Tasted at winery 12/29/10
Still a great chardonnay! Layered, well structured and wonderfully balanced. Delicious! - Tasted at winery Feb 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.
Three and a half glasses
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.