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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2009
Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 116148)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright straw in color. The nose delivers notes of honey lemon. After a swirl, honeysuckle flower, tropical fruit and white currant become more evident. A silky texture with pineapple, bright citrus and soft minerality.
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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.