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Landmark Chardonnay Damaris Reserve 2007

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93 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Green-gold. Powerful aromas of orchard fruits, orange, sweet butter, lily of the valley and smoky lees, plus a strong undercurrent of iodine; smells like a serious, old-school Chassagne-Montrachet. Round and fleshy, with deep, smoky pear, sweet citrus and licorice flavors and slow-building spiciness. The smoky and floral qualities resonate on the finish, which is impressively incisive and long. (May/Jun 2009)

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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 Damaris Reserve

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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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4.00 5
08/07/2010

In 2007 the Damaris Reserve blend was predominantly (89%)from the Sangiacomo vineyard in Carneros, with the remainder from the Lorenzo vineyard in the Russian River. This is a beautifully proportioned and satisfying Chardonnay, long in the mouth and finish. Classic scents and flavors of peach and pear fruit, nutmeg spiciness, roasted cashews, lees, and butter. Nice sense of crispness and precision. Pricey but excellent.


Snooth User: TKINSD
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3.50 5
04/27/2010

Bright gold/deep straw color lets you know this chard is no wallflower. Nose of warm tropical fruits, spice and vanilla. Pineapple and spice move into a slight minerality with a nice smoky finish. Not a lightweight, complex but not too heavy. Great all by itself and pairs well with food. Just lovely.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The limited production 2005 Chardonnay Damaris Reserve emerges from the Sangiacomo Vineyard in Carneros. More intense honeysuckle marmalade and tropical fruit characteristics are found in this winersquo;s aromatics. Full and rich, with more smoky, Meursault-like nuttiness as well as attractive fullness are found in this beautiful Chardonnay. It should drink well for 2ndash;3 years. Kudos to winemaker Eric Stern and proprietors Mike and Mary Calhoun for these reasonably priced, high quality white wines.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Rich, complex aromatics of fig, honeydew melon, spice and citrus are concentrated, deep and layered, well-focused and balanced, ending with a long, full finish. Drink now through 2012.


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

The 2006 Chardonnay Damaris Reserve (61% from the Sangiacomo Vineyard and 39% from the Flocchini Vineyard) possesses more steely mineral and crushed wet rock characteristics as well as hints of freshly mowed hay, nectarines, and mangoes. It is a distinctively-styled, medium to full-bodied, leesy, orange rind, and brioche-scented and flavored Chardonnay to consume over the next 1ndash;2 years. The always reliable Landmark winery continues to turn out a bevy of Burgundian-styled Pinot Noirs and impressive Chardonnays.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Rich, unctuous and full-bodied, with tiers of ripe apricot, melon, fig and citrus flavors that are intense without being heavy, ending with a dash of smoky oak. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2011

Green-gold. Powerful aromas of orchard fruits, orange, sweet butter, lily of the valley and smoky lees, plus a strong undercurrent of iodine; smells like a serious, old-school Chassagne-Montrachet. Round and fleshy, with deep, smoky pear, sweet citrus and licorice flavors and slow-building spiciness. The smoky and floral qualities resonate on the finish, which is impressively incisive and long. Rich, unctuous and full-bodied, with tiers of ripe apricot, melon, fig and citrus flavors that are intense without being heavy, ending with a dash of smoky oak. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases made. -JL The light gold-colored 2007 Chardonnay Damaris Reserve is sourced from Sangiacomo (89%) and Lorenzo (11%). It exhibits a beautifully scented nose of honeysuckle, caramelized orange rind, peaches, apricots, and subtle background oak. Full-bodied with outstanding purity and richness as well as a nicely layered texture, this is a lovely effort from proprietors Mike and Mary Calhou...


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Green-gold. Powerful aromas of orchard fruits, orange, sweet butter, lily of the valley and smoky lees, plus a strong undercurrant of iodine; smells like a serious, old-school Chassagne-Montrachet. Round and fleshy, with deep, smoky pear, sweet citrus and licorice flavors and slow-burning spiciness. The smoky and floral qualities resonate on the finish, which is impressively incisive and long.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Bright yellow-gold. Exotic, perfumed bouquet of tangerine, peach, anise, shiso leaf, iodine and spicecake. Juicy, broad and impressively concentrated citrus, pear and melon flavors are framed by juicy acidity and turn smoky with air. Finishes with excellent cut and an echo of smoke and baking spices. An impressively balanced and sexy midweight.


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93 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Green-gold. Powerful aromas of orchard fruits, orange, sweet butter, lily of the valley and smoky lees, plus a strong undercurrent of iodine; smells like a serious, old-school Chassagne-Montrachet. Round and fleshy, with deep, smoky pear, sweet citrus and licorice flavors and slow-building spiciness. The smoky and floral qualities resonate on the finish, which is impressively incisive and long. (May/Jun 2009)

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