Landmark Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County 2012

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The 2012 Overlook Chardonnay has a golden hue with complex aromas of lemongrass, freshly peeled grapefruit, and honeydew melon. On the palate, white peach, chalk, and lively citrus notes complete this refreshing wine. This wine is ready to drink now, but will continue to develop for 2-3 years. Suggesting Food Pairings: The 2012 Overlook Chardonnay pairs well with whole roasted chicken rubbed with rosemary and lemon zest, grilled red snapper, sashimi, butternut squash ravioli, and summer salads. Native yeast fermentation. Barrel aged in French oak for 10 months. Alcohol 14.3%.

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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
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Member Reviews for Landmark Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/23/2009

Solid Chardonnay with a huge range of ingredients ... 22 different chardonnay vineyards in three different counties. The result is a rich, nutty chardonnay with very good acidity and a long finish. Caramel and vanilla in taste ... very good for this style.


Snooth User: George Parkinson
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/23/2009

color-straw gold; nose-lemon cream; mouth-citrus,pineapple;finish-medium buy it share it.


Snooth User: kdionne
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Vintage: 2006 03/14/2011

One half glass


External Reviews for Landmark Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/11/2014

The wine exhibits a golden honey hue with pure Granny Smith apple aromas along with distinctive notes of lime blossom and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is rich and round and unfolds to reveal shortbread and pineapple flavors that linger.


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Vintage: 2010 03/03/2013

Our signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list 7 times since 1997.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 08/01/2008

A reliable winery with a realistic pricing policy, one of California's finest Chardonnays for the money is Landmark's Chardonnay Overlook. Attractive aromas of honeyed citrus, tropical fruits, and spices. Excellent acidity, a lovely texture and mouthfeel, and medium body. It represents a hypothetical blend of a classic white Burgundy and a California Chardonnay.


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Vintage: 2006 03/06/2009

The twenty two separate vineyards that comprise this year's Overlook 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 malo-latic fermentation. The wine is aged sur lie for nine months in Burgundian barrels and racked to tanks for blending. Robert Parker scored it 90 points and said "One of California’s finest as well as realistically priced Chardonnays is Landmark’s Overlook. The 2006 exhibits classic tropical fruit, orange blossom, and citrus oil aromas along with a subtle whiff of oak in its fragrant, pure bouquet. Excellent acidity, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a stunningly long finish result in a beautiful Chardonnay to enjoy over the next several years."


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Vintage: 2006 05/17/2009

One of California's finest as well as realistically priced Chardonnays is Landmark's Overlook. The 2006 (77% from Sonoma, 14% from Santa Barbara, and 9% from Monterey) exhibits classic tropical fruit, orange blossom, and citrus oil aromas along with ... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2006 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook 750ml



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The 2012 Overlook Chardonnay has a golden hue with complex aromas of lemongrass, freshly peeled grapefruit, and honeydew melon. On the palate, white peach, chalk, and lively citrus notes complete this refreshing wine. This wine is ready to drink now, but will continue to develop for 2-3 years. Suggesting Food Pairings: The 2012 Overlook Chardonnay pairs well with whole roasted chicken rubbed with rosemary and lemon zest, grilled red snapper, sashimi, butternut squash ravioli, and summer salads. Native yeast fermentation. Barrel aged in French oak for 10 months. Alcohol 14.3%.

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