Flowers Andreen-Gale Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 96963
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • CG92
  • W&S91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Brilliant, pale straw color. Lemon citrus & floral notes followed by subtle mineral & vanilla bean tones. Rich and spreading. Defined CMR minerality. Good acid integration. Long, complex finish. Impressive now and will continue to develop. Drink over the next 3 years.

Critical Acclaim

"Taut and nervy aromas of Pippin apples backed up by sweeter wisps of Gala apple perfumes are filled out handsomely by quiet but intriguing notes of chalk and other minerals as well as a mild but evident dollop of creme brulee oak. If this wine's first notes hint at limits, its succeeding impressions convince that there are both depth aplenty and impeccable balance here. Admittedly, you will need to be a fan of firm, crisp Chardonnays, and, if so, this one comes straight up your alley. "
92 Points

"Andreen-Gale is on its way to becoming Flowers' blend of estate vineyards (this vintage is about 80 percent estate; by 2008, it will be all estate). It's all barrel-fermented, with a higher proportion of new barrels than Flowers uses in the Sonoma Coast wine. For now, this wine's aroma and flavor are restrained, giving a clean, gentle impression that's light rather than pushed. There's the warm spice of alcohol in the end, like tasting paprika on fresh pineapple. Decant for grilled sea bass."
91 Points

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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