This bottle sports the generic appellation of “California,” but it’s mostly sourced from two vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley (the rest of central California).
It is fermented in older oak barrels using wild yeast and then aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. It offers Myer lemon and wildflowers on the nose with a light dusting of vanilla (if you don’t like vanilla notes, stay far away from this one. It sneaks into every taste). Fruit is bountiful here, with elements of melon, green apple, and peach in the mix. Touches of caramel and nougat in the finish are balanced by good acidity.
Unlike other chardonnays in this price category, it is an excellent wine. The Landmark Chardonnay is a bottle we often use in Wine 101 classes at the school. It has the classic “three b’s” of California-style chardonnay: big, buttery, and broad. This vintage may be the best yet.