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Prince of Pinot 89 Points
14.2% alc., $25, Released February 2015. Whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in French oak using ambient yeasts with twice monthly lees stirring. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A solid, understated offering featuring aromas of lemon, banana and dried mango and bright flavors of lemon curd, apple and honey. Slightly creamy and polished with a suave, dry and uplifting finish.
Wine Spectator 88 Points
($25) Straightforward flavors of ripe apple, pear and citrus show a touch of edgy citrus peel. Gains depth and complexity on the finish, where the oak adds a touch of buttery spice. Drink now.
The 2013 Overlook Chardonnay has a bright, medium gold color with complex aromas of ripe pear,meyer lemon, sage and lemon curd. On the palate flavors of quince, pear blossom, apricot, and piecrust are balanced by lively citrus notes completing this refreshing wine. Drink now, but will continueto develop for 2-3 years.
The 2013 Overlook Chardonnay pairs well with whole roasted chicken rubbed with rosemary and lemon zest, grilled red snapper, sashimi, butternut squash ravioli, and summer salads.
Landmark Vineyards was founded in 1974 in Windsor, California. In 1989, Damaris Deere Ford, became sole proprietor and relocated the winery to Sonoma Valley. Ford is a descendant of John Deere, founder of the world's largest tractor manufacturer. Landmark Vineyards is located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in Sonoma Valley. In 1993, world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley was hired to work with former winemaker, Eric Stern. Landmark Vineyard'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 the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of Sonoma County's winegrowing regions.
Last Year's Vintage (2012)
Wine Advocate 90 Points
The least expensive white is the 2012 Chardonnay Overlook, a cross-California blend of fruit with 83% from Sonoma, 11% from Monterey and 6% from Santa Barbara. A consistently delicious effort, the 2012 maintains beautiful tropical fruit and honeysuckle notes as well as a pure, front end-loaded, fruit-driven style. With good acidity, beautiful cleanliness and little oak, this exuberant, classic California Chardonnay can be drunk over the next several years. It is an amazing value.
I was surprised by how many different selections Landmark Vineyards has morphed into, as well as by major changes made to their label. I tasted six Chardonnays and eight Pinot Noirs, all from the 2012 vintage, so things have changed dramatically since the last time I visited.
All in all, Landmark Vineyards has fashioned an impressive group of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from a dizzying array of sources.
Wine & Spirits Magazine 90 Points
This wine's 'California' appellation masks the fact that it's actually sourced from serious sites like Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley and Lone Oak in the Russian River. The fruit is fermented in French oak barrels without inoculation, the wine offering all the cushioning and roundness expected from California, yet with impressive balance and freshness. It lasts on notes of pear and hazelnut, welcoming and appetizing through and through.
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