Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros 2009

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Rombauer 2009 Chardonnay

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Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of... Read more
Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of interest: Molecular Biology. Always the model student, he graduated at the top of his class, however, not convinced with the path he was laying down for himself, Richie embarked on a four-month rock climbing holiday to the United States to clear his thoughts. It was on this adventure that fate came knocking in the form of an invitation to a day of wine tasting. Richie was so taken and inspired by the Californian wines he tasted that day that it was suddenly clear to him what he needed to do. He promptly returned to Australia and spent the next few years engrossed in winemaking studies at Australia’s prestigious ‘The University of Adelaide’. After graduating in 2003, he then set about gaining as much practical winery experience as possible from top Australian and New Zealand producers including: Penfolds, Oakridge, Church Road and Vavasour. He eventually found himself back in California, on the doorstep of Rombauer Vineyards to undertake cellar work for a single harvest. However, Richie’s enthusiasm, vast and growing knowledge, and attention to detail were keenly identified and he was asked to continue on at Rombauer to see this potential expertly developed and nurtured. Having worked his way from the ground up, Richie now assumes the position of Rombauer’s Winemaker. In this role, Richie strives to achieve consistency of style and continual improvement in winemaking techniques by melding both traditional and modern approaches. Away from the winery, you’re likely to find Richie pursuing his passion for rock climbing. Read less

Member Reviews for Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros

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Snooth User: ledavis4
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4.50 5
03/05/2012

Heavy notes of butter, oak - full bodied white wine that is very drinkable on its own


Snooth User: naughtonkp
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4.00 5
07/09/2011

Very smooth wine with a long finish.


Snooth User: pfmackin
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4.00 5
02/20/2011

Exceptional! Every bottle of this special wine has been a hit - with all drinkers. While it's buttery smooth, the fruit bears witness to a wine that a simple drinker can enjoy. The oak is present, but only in the background as a compliment, as if the producer added it with a salt shaker. We prefer this with a meal, particularly spicy pastas and seafood dishes.


Snooth User: ianrshort
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5.00 5
01/08/2012

Five glasses


External Reviews for Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Displaying the hallmark of a cooler climate Chardonnay, this wine features layers of rich tropical fruit, melon, and peach wrapped in a ribbon-crisp acidity with a pinch of spice.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A sensuous wine that fills the palate with a full spectrum of rich, ripe fruit flavors of pears, apples, spice, tropical fruit and honeysuckle. This is a round, lush wine with creamy flavors and light oak nuances. There is a crisp, lingering finish of fruit and a delightful buttery note that is the classic Rombauer style.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A rich wine with layers of tropical fruit, peaches and pears. The fruit opens up into creamy textures of apples and pears that glide across the palate. Hints of citrus and light oak tones highlight the wine's lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Seductive aromas of honeysuckle, fig and melon turn smooth and silky on the palate. Almost sweetish in texture, with a nice touch of vanilla-scented oak that provides an added flavor dimension. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Koerner and Joan Rombauer were investors in Conn Creek Winery before making the switch to focus on their own label in 1980. The Carneros Chardonnay is the star of their portfolio. Winemaker Gregory Graham makes this wine in a typically rich style, displaying influences from the full malolactic fermentation and barrel-aging.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Creamy and elegant, with flavors of sweet butter, pear and peaches, finishing with a slight waxy note. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
10/24/2011

Rich and vibrant tropical fruit flavors blend with toasty oak notes. Peach, pear and a touch of pineapple integrate with creamy vanilla. This full-bodied wine has a velvety and lingering mouth feel. - Winery


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