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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2009
Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 105643)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of asian pear, meyer lemon, vanilla and allspice overlay a hint of minerality. The lush mid-palate is accented by layers of honeydew melon and kiwi, and balanced with a long finish of zesty citrus and baked pear.
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About Valley of the Moon Winery:

Valley of the Moon Winery encompasses both the rich history and the innovative spirit of California wine.

Situated in the Sonoma Valley on land first planted to grapes in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery is housed in a beautifully restored stone and redwood winery built in 1887. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and a distinctive “banana belt” microclimate, the estate vineyard has been a revered source of grapes for well over a century. A block of “old vine” Zinfandel planted in the 1940s is complemented by more recent plantings of Barbera, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah; all farmed sustainably with natural soil amendments and natural pest controls.

Yet Valley of the Moon Winery is a thoroughly modern - even cutting-edge - producer. The state-of-the-art production facility features a full complement of temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters, and small French and American oak barrels; ideal for Valley of the Moon’s artisan winemaking. In addition to making superb Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Valley of the Moon Winery is a leader among California wineries in the production of several exciting up-and-coming wines: Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Blanc, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blend. Sometimes hard to find, Valley of the Moon wines are definitely worth the search.